FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION HONORS WOODY WOODWARD OF HIGHLAND LAKE RESORT 2012 INNKEEPER OF THE YEAR AWARD Freeport Maine November 24 2012……Woody Woodward was honored with the 2012 Innkeeper of the Year Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at their 91st annual meeting and conference held November 5-6 2012 at the Grand Summit Resort and Conference Center in Newry Maine. Woodward received the award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. This prestigious award is made annually to recognize an active Innkeeper who has significantly contributed to the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association. The inscription on the award read: “To an Innkeeper who truly puts service above self. Woody is a great leader for our Association but has accomplished so much more as a community leader for many years in Bridgton and in the State of Maine. Add to that a wonderful sense of humor and you can see why Woody is our choice.” Woodward started his first business at the age of 17 and incorporated it at 20. He has had a varied career including employment as a magician deputy sheriff police officer owner of a promotional marketing and events agency and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation of Maine. Woodward’s career in the lodging industry began in 1997 when he and his wife Deanna became Innkeeper/Owners of Highland Lake Resort. Woodward has served on the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) Board of Directors for almost ten years and served as President in 2010 and 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board or Past President and is Treasurer of the MEIA Education Foundation. Woodward has served his Community of Bridgton on the Board of Selectman and is currently serving as board chair until 2015. Photos: Woody Woodward of Highland Lake Resort was awarded Innkeeper of the Year by the Maine Innkeeper Association at their Annual meeting held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Newry. Woody Woodward receives the Innkeeper of the Year Award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels at the Maine Innkeeper Innkeepers Association Annual meeting held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Newry. 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.