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MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LOCAL RESIDENT AS 2005 INNKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Freeport, ME – December 7, 2005 – Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, recently awarded the recipients of this year’s MEIA Members awards at the MEIA 84th Annual Meeting & Conference, which was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The Innkeeper of The Year Award was given to Gus Tillman, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.
The Innkeeper of the Year Award is given to an active lodging operator who has contributed significant time and effort toward the improvement of the Association. Gus Tillman came to Maine in 1958 to manage the Lafayette Hotel on Congress Street, and then became GM at the Holiday Inn West in 1964. Having held many prominent positions within the Maine Innkeepers Association including President, and he was also President of the now legendary Vacationland Motel Association; Tillman has been involved with most of Maine’s tourism industry associations at one time during his career. In 1992 he was inducted into the Maine Tourism Hall of Fame by The Maine Publicity Bureau, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Maine Restaurant Association in 2002. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to both The MEIA and the Maine Restaurant Association, and is Treasurer of the Maine Tourism Association. Married for 39 years, he has two children and two grandchildren.
“I am so honored and surprised to accept the Innkeeper of the Year Award from the Maine Innkeepers Association,” said Gus Tillman. “There is such a top quality list of Innkeepers, who all work hard to keep improving the hospitality and tourism industry in this state. We are thrilled to be thought of so highly by our professional peers, and I proudly share it with my family and all the staff who have worked so hard to make our property a success.”
The following five recognition awards were also presented to MEIA members:
Allied Member of the Year Award – Tim LaPlante, Prudential Northeast Properties, Camden
Hall of Fame Award – Marjie Wright, Bowdoinham
President’s Award – Ron Churchill, Bear Spring Camps, Rome
Community Service Award – Jan Barrett, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston
Special Service Award – Carolyn Manson, Maine Tourism Association
“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, “We are excited that Gus Tillman has been recognized for his hard work and contributions both to the hospitality and tourism industry.”
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.