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10/11/04 - Lewiston Employees Announced as 2004

10/12/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 354-5260 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 LOCAL LEWISTON EMPLOYEES ANNOUNCED AS 2004 STARS OF THE (HOSPITALITY) INDUSTRY Freeport, ME – October 11, 2004 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, last month announced the winners of its 2004 Stars of the Industry Awards at a luncheon held at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Awards were given to 48 recipients in five categories. Three of those winners were from The Ware Street Inn in Lewiston. The following winner was announced as “Front Desk/Guest Service Employee of the Year”: Glen Esman, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston ~ Glen Esman is considered mult-talented by his peers – doing everything from little fix-it jobs, cleaning rooms, giving directions and taking reservations, to folding napkins, arranging flowers, preparing fresh fruit plates and decorating the Inn for holidays. “Glen is the best. A long time friend and part of the family, guests find Glen delightful and quite helpful,” says Management. The following winner was announced as “Maintenance & Groundskeeping Employee of the Year”: Mike Barrett, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston ~ Mike Barrett is known around the Inn for all the things he does - gardening, mowing, painting, construction, repairs, talking sports with guests, landscaping, fixing and maintaining the vehicles. “Mike is a non-stop workaholic and the Inn’s attractive appearance reflects that,” boasts Management. The following winner was announced as “Housekeeper/Roomkeeper Employee of the Year”: Beckie Lewis, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston ~ Beckie Lewis is a Weekend Housekeeper with the Inn, and is considered part of the Inn “family.” When she is not working at the Inn, she is taking care of her two sons and enjoys cooking. “Beckie is very family-oriented, a great cook, and even makes home-design dog biscuits for her favorite pups (hers and ours),” says Management. This is the second time that the Maine Innkeepers Association has hosted the Stars of the Industry Awards, and it had enormous response, with all types of lodging members - B&Bs, hotels, inns, motels and resorts - responding with nominations. There were 48 Stars of the Industry being honored, each best representing the quality, service and spirit of hospitality, and demonstrating exemplary professionalism, exceptional service, outstanding personal performance and commitment to their property and guests. In addition to the keepsake awards program, each employee received a special Star of the Industry t-shirt, a certificate of recognition and a unique laser engraved Star of the Industry Maine-made award. “It is wonderful to be able to honor those people who are behind the scenes in our industry – they are really what make hospitality tick in Maine.” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. “Their dedication, loyalty, and kindness all add to their professionalism, and make us proud to be an association that represents them,” he continued. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. ###

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