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10/11/04 - Ogunquit Employee Announced as 2004 Sta

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 OGUNQUIT EMPLOYEE ANNOUNCED AS 2004 STAR OF THE 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. Carla Nadeau from the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit was announced as one of the winners of the “Front Desk/Guest Service Employee of the Year” Award. Carla Nadeau joined the Beachmere Inn in 1999 as a housekeeper, and in 2003 she accepted a position at the front desk. Willing to work any hours to learn her new “trade,” she has not only mastered the front desk, but she now acts as liaison between the general manager, maintenance and housekeeping departments. A young mother who takes care of her five year old daughter, Nadeau also attends classes at the YCCC, toward a degree in Early Childhood Education Development. “Carla is always cheerful, upbeat and gracious no matter the chaos that might be surrounding her,” exclaims Management, The Beachmere Inn. 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. -more- 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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