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 Its Officers and Committee Members for 2015 Augusta Maine- December 2 2014….The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) is pleased to announce that Jeanne Carpentier has been re-elected Chair by the MEIA Board of Directors for her second term in 2015 and that Jim Ostrowski of the Inns at Blackberry Commons in Camden will serve as past chair. Jeanne Carpentier is also the President of the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation and Jim Ostrowski has served on the MEIA Board since 2003. One new addition to the Executive Committee is Chip Gray from the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Chip also serves on the Board of the Maine Tourism Association and Freeport USA. Other changes include elimination of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Representative position due to restructuring of the AH&LA. Sue Ferrell from Down East Village in Yarmouth steps down after many years as Treasurer of MEIA and Bob Smith from Sebasco Harbor Resort former AH&LA representative takes her place. Peter Daigle succeeds Gus Tillman as Senior Advisor. Tillman passed away in August after many years as Senior Advisor and many more years as a Board Member. Scott Cowger takes over for Peter Daigle as Legislative Chair. Cowger is well suited for this position as he served in both the Maine House and Senate. 2015 Executive Committee Past Chair – Jim Ostrowski Inns at Blackberry Common Camden Chair – Jeanne Carpentier Emerald Hospitality Freeport First Vice Chair – Jean Ginn Marvin Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport Second Vice Chair – Jamey Kitchen Hampton Inn & Suites Thomaston Treasurer – Bob Smith Sebasco Harbor Resort Sebasco Estates At-Large Member – Alvion Kimball Orland House B&B Orland At-Large Member – Chip Gray Harraseeket Inn Freeport At-Large Member – James Harmon Moontide Motel & Cottages Old Orchard Beach Senior Advisor – Peter Daigle Lafayette Hotels Bangor Legislative Chair- Scott Cowger Maple Hill Farm B&B Inn Hallowell 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 ###