Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JIM OSTROWSKI OF THE INNS AT BLACKBERRY COMMON IN CAMDEN AWARDED PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR 2013 BY MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Freeport Maine November 20 2013……Jim Ostrowski from the Inns at Blackberry Common in Camden was honored with the 2013 President’s Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at their 92nd annual meeting and conference held November 6-7 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Portland. Ostrowski has served for the past two years as President of the Association and has been on the board of directors for twelve years. The inscription on the award reads: Jim did a great job representing the needs of smaller properties in our membership. His quiet leadership style along with his dedication to the Association made him the right person to lead our organization in times of change. In 1998 Ostrowski and his wife purchased the ten room Blackberry Inn in Camden and later purchased the Elms an Inn next door adding an additional eight rooms and becoming the Inns at Blackberry Common. Originally from Georgia Ostrowski grew up in Albany NY and later moved with his wife and family to Wilmington DE. where he spent 25 years in engineering and construction management after having attended Hudson Valley Community College and Drexel University. Ostrowski’s engineering work was in the design and construction management of multi-million dollar public and commercial projects such as the prototype of a nuclear sub 4 nuclear power plants major electrical more Page Two- MEIA- Presidents Award 2013 transmission projects and an under-river high voltage transmission line. After deciding to become Innkeepers in 1996 Jim enrolled in The Restaurant School in Philadelphia PA to study Culinary Arts and Hotel Management graduating in 1998. He apprenticed in the kitchen of the four star Hotel DuPont in Wilmington DE. The Inns of Blackberry Common are now Select Registry properties. Ostrowski has served as President and Treasurer of the Camden Bed and Breakfast Association and the Camden Budget Committee as well as working with the Camden Rotary. Photo: Jim Ostrowsky of the Inns of Blackberry Common in Camden accepts the President’s Award from the Maine Innkeeper’s Association from Greg Dugal President & CEO of MEIA and Cornelius “Connie” Russell General Manager of the Samoset Resort in Rockland at their annual meeting in South Portland at the Doubletree Hotel. 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 700 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.