45 Melville Street Augusta ME. 04330 info@maineinns.com / www.maineinns.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal CEO/President Maine Innkeepers Association 207-213-2060 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS AT THEIR 94TH ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE Freeport Maine November 23 2015……The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) held their 94th Annual Meeting and Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Freeport on November 4 and 5 2015 announced Greg Dugal MEIA President and CEO. The 2015 Annual MEIA Awards were presented to seven outstanding members of the tourism industry who had greatly contributed to the lodging/hospitality and tourism industry in the state. • Innkeeper of the Year: Jim Ostrowski Innkeeper /Owner of the Inns at Blackberry Common in Camden received the prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. This award annually recognizes an active Innkeeper who has significantly contributed to the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association. Ostrowski is a past board Chair for Maine Innkeepers Association as well as for the Camden Bed and Breakfast Association. Ostrowski runs the two Inns with the help of his wife and partner Cyndi. • Gus Tillman Hall of Fame: Kathryn Weare former Innkeeper/Owner of the Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit received the award from Jean Ginn Marvin Innkeeper/Owner at the Nonantum in Kennebunkport. This annual 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. Weare is a fourth generation hotelier and was one of the original leaders of the Maine Tourism Commission. • Gus Tillman Hall of Fame: Laura Honey formerly of Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor received the award from Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort. Honey was the face of Fisherman’s Wharf for 50 years and her dedication to service employees and customers is well known in the industry. Honey served on the MEIA board for many years and received the Association’s Innkeeper of the Year Award in 2008. • Community Service Award: Darlene Ratte of the Best Western Plus in Waterville received the recognition from Jeanne Carpentier of Emerald Hospitality. The Community Service Award is presented to lodging operators who have taken part in community activities and have made a contribution personally or in the name of the industry or property to the community. Ratte is the Co-chair of MEIA’s Education and Scholarship Committee and is a hospitality instructor at Thomas College where she is motivating a new generation of hospitality employees. • Special Service Award: Jed Porta accepted the award for his father Tim Porta from Phil Kronenthal all of the Migis Hotel Group. The award is given annually to a person who has actively contributed to the hospitality industry as a whole. Tim Porta and his wife Joan have been owners of Migis Lodge since 1978 when they purchased the property from his parents. They are pioneers in the industry and have been extremely charitable to the communities in which they operate. • Chair’s Award: Jeanne Carpentier of Emerald Hospitality in Gray accepted the Chair’s Award from Connie Russell of the Samoset Resort. The Chair’s Award is presented to past Chairs of the Association. Carpentier has been an inspirational leader of the association and also chaired the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation for many years. • Allied Member of the Year: Greg Piper of Performance Food Service Northcenter Augusta accepted the award from MEIA President/CEO Greg Dugal which is presented annually 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. Photo: Jim Ostrowski Innkeeper /Owner of the Inns at Blackberry Common in Camden received the prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels at the annual Maine Innkeepers Association meeting. 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 Augusta ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. # #