FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207- 602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TOM HILDRETH OF CARRABASSET COFFEE COMPANY IN KINGFIELD AWARDED ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR FOR 2013 BY MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Freeport Maine November 17 2013……Tom Hildreth of Carrabasset Coffee Company was honored with the 2013 Allied Member of the Year 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. This annual award is presented to an allied member of MEIA who is active in the hospitality industry and has made a significant contribution to it on behalf of the supplier community. Hildreth who came to Sugarloaf in 1970 as ski instructor eventually worked his way up to Marketing Director for the mountain and later was General Manager for the Sugarloaf Inn. In 1996 Hildreth managed the Kennebec division of the New England Outdoor Center and became an investor in the Carrabasset Coffee Company where he has remained for 17 years. He credits Innkeepers for being his first and longest serving customers. Hildreth was President of the Maine Publicity Bureau in 1982 and has served on that Board on and off for ten years. Hildreth was one of the original members of the Maine Tourism Commission and also supports Maine Huts & Trails the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club and the Nature Conservancy. The inscription on the Allied Member of the Year Award reads: A former innkeeper Tom understands the importance of Allied Members supporting the Association for its Lodging Members. Tom is generous to a fault and has contributed thousands of dollars to our Education Foundation for scholarships for college students. more Photo: Tom Hildreth of Carrabassat Coffee accepts the Allied Member of the Year Award from Peter Daigle COO of Lafayette Hotels at the Annual Meeting of the Maine Innkeepers Association 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.