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10/28/05 - MEIA Announces Recipients of 2005 Mem


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Announces the Recipients of its 2005 Member Recognition Awards Recipients to be presented awards at MEIA Annual Meeting & Conference at Holiday Inn in Portland Freeport, ME – October 28, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, today announced the recipients of its Member Recognition Awards. Five members will be awarded these recognition awards at the MEIA 84th Annual Meeting & Conference, November 1-3, at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The following five recognition awards will be presented to MEIA members: President’s Award – Ron Churchill, Bear Spring Camps, Rome Ron Churchill owns and operates Bear Spring Camps with his wife of twenty years. Established in1910, the American plan resort sits on Great Pond in Rome, Maine. Churchill has served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Innkeepers Association for ten years. In his position as President of the Association, Churchill will continue to lead the Board in promoting the Association and assisting the Executive Director with day-to-day decision-making. Churchill attended University of Southern Maine Hall of Fame Award – Marjie Wright, Bowdoinham This award is presented to a retired tourism professional who, over a period of ten years or more, contributed though personal involvement and interest to the betterment of the Association and the lodging/hospitality/tourism industry in the State of Maine. Marjie served as International Marketing Manager at the Maine Office of Tourism. Wright was a true friend of the industry who was taken in her prime. She understood innkeepers, their business and more importantly, life as it should be lived. Special Service Award – Carolyn Manson, Maine Tourism Association This award is presented to an active lodging operator, an allied member or any other person in the lodging /hospitality /tourism industry who has contributed to the improvement of the industry as a whole. Manson has served as the public affairs manager of the Maine Tourism Association for four years. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Maine Campground Association, and before that worked for the Maine Office of Tourism. Community Service Award – Jan Barrett, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston This award is presented to an active lodging operator member who has taken part in community activities and who has made a contribution personally, or in the name of the industry or his/her property, toward that community. Jan Barrett opened the Ware Street Inn with her husband Mike, after she received a degree in Hospitality Management (summa cum laude) in 1997 in preparation for her second career. Prior to becoming an Innkeeper, Jan worked for Maine’s Senators Muskie and Mitchell for nearly twenty years followed by consulting and lobbying positions at the State level. Community service plays a major role in Jan’s life and she serves on the Board of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, is a Rotary Paul Harris fellow, as well as many other local boards and committees. Allied Member of the Year Award – Tim LaPlante, Prudential Northeast Properties, Camden This award is presented to an allied member of MEIA that is active in the hospitality industry and has made a significant contribution to it on behalf of the supplier community. LaPlante is currently the sales manager of the Lodging and Hospitality Properties Division of Prudential Northeast Properties –specializing in the sale of inns, B&B's, hotels and motels throughout the state of Maine. He also serves as the chairperson of the Allied committee of MEIA and on the board of directors of MEIA, a representative of the Allied members with the Association. Prior to moving to Maine ten years ago, when he purchased an inn in Camden, LaPlante owned several large grocery stores in Canada. “It gives the Association great pleasure to be able to recognize the achievements of our members with these awards,” said Gregory Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association, “The Association has a long list of star members who contribute both to the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as the communities around our state. This is just one way that we can show our gratitude to some of them.” 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 ###

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