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Here is your chance to recognize employees and colleagues who go above and beyond every day. They render exceptional customer service; they help their peers willingly; they are a true asset to the company. Fill out the Employee Nomination form now.

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Supplier companies have a Red Carpet opportunity to support our super stars of the industry by sponsoring an award. Your generosity and support of NHLA and our industry is most appreciated by everyone in the industry. Sponsor an award now.

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Buy Gala Tickets now! Reserve your seat at this prestigious statewide event:

Stars of the Industry Sponsors

October 2, 2014

6:00 – 9:30 P.M.

Tropicana Las Vegas, Havana Room

The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is pleased to host the 4th Annual Hospitality Stars of the Industry celebrating the exceptional professionalism and outstanding service of top individuals in our industry. Join us on October 2, 2014 at the beautiful New Tropicana Havana Room in Las Vegas from 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. honoring talent, performance and excellence in the workplace as we recognize the super stars from Nevada's prestigious hospitality industry.

Formal attire recommended

The New Tropicana has extended a special rate of $55.00 per night plus tax for any gala attendees wishing to stay the night. Book your room now.

Honoring the best that our industry has to offer:

HOTELIER OF THE YEAR

This is the highest honor conferred to a Nevada Hotel & Lodging General Manager, Multi-Unit Manager, Corporate Executive or Owner affiliated with NHLA. Nominees will be judged on their professionalism and service to the property, their employees, guests and the community. The Hotelier of the Year is recognized by industry peers for his or her exemplary achievements, contributions and leadership.

Award sponsored by CenturyLink

MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

This category recognizes employees at any management level who have responsibility for a division, department, or function, such as: Assistant General Manager, Front Desk Manager, Room Service Manager, Food & Beverage Director, Rooms Division Manager, Controller, Executive Housekeeper, Executive Chef, Security Director, Sales Manager, Pit Manager, Assistant Manager of a specific department etc. Nominees will be judged on their professionalism and service to the property, their employees and guests.

Award sponsored by The Rainmaker Group

Nominees:
Susan Braner, Corporate Revenue Manager, Boyd Corporation
Vivek Rawat, Executive Sous Chef, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Shelly Martinez, Material Control/Uniform Control Manager, Tropicana
Candice Dagnillo, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Westin Lake Las Vegas Rsort and Spa
Janie Novinger, Director of Housekeeping, The M Resort
Randy Benjamin, Director of Revenue Management, Palms
Lyra Hynie, Director of Revenue Management, Tropicana
Mary Ann Burns, Director of Hotel Ops/Director of Sales, Boyd Gaming Corporation
Greg Waldron, SVP of Food, Beverage and Retail, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Christie Kittleson, Hotel Performance Optimization Manager, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Klaus Feyersinger, Executive Chef, Harrah's and Harvey's Lake Tahoe
Rosa Mallari, Table Games Shift Manager, Venetian/Palazzo
Donna Wynne, Assistant Manager ARIA Telecommunications, ARIA

ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees who work in a clerical support capacity. This includes Administrative Assistants in Accounting, Finance, Executive Offices, Sales, Catering, Communications, Convention Services, Business Center, Human Resources, Engineering, Rooms, Food and Beverage, Meeting Facilities, MIS, Payroll, Purchasing, Public Relations, and Receptionist staff.

Award sponsored by Orkin Commercial Services

Nominees:
Taylor Garland, Sales Coordinator, Embassy Suites
Jerilea Caldwell, Executive Assistant, Hilton Grand Vacations-Flamingo
Jeff Stearns, Analytics Manager, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Marichelle Nievera, Executive Assistant, The Venetian
Jennifer Brede, Business Services Representative, ARIA Resort and Casino

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Honors a hotelier who has demonstrated superior professionalism in operating an NHLA member property and taken a leadership role in the industry by actively participating in association, community, or industry programs.

Award sponsored by IDeaS Revenue Solutions – a SAS Company

Nominees:
Jeremy Delph, General Manager, Staybridge Suites
Arik Knowles, VP of Hotel Operations, Tropicana
Greg Gooding, General Manager, Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa

NHLA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The NHLA Volunteer of the Year award recognizes exceptional involvement and contribution to the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. NHLA is a non-profit entity with minimal staffing resources; therefore, the dedication and participation of members is crucial for the ongoing success of the association. This award recognizes an individual who has significantly been a part of the NHLA activities, events and programs throughout the year and has rendered services for the organization.

Award sponsored by Silver Lining Amenities

FOOD & BEVERAGE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees who are either associated with or prepare and serve food and beverage. This includes employees such as: Host Persons, Cashiers, Order Takers, Food Checkers, Food and Beverage Servers, Convention Service Employees, Bus Persons, Bar Porters, Bartenders, Cooks, Pantry Workers, Refreshment Center Attendants, Cafeteria Workers, Dishwashers, Pot-Washers, Stewards, Storeroom Clerks, Receiving Clerks.

Award sponsored by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Nominees:
Juan Reyes, Cook, Hilton Grand Vacations-Elara
Risalin Decasa, Assistant Retail Clerk Supervisor, Harrah's Reno
Linda Wood, F&B Supervisor, Harrah's Reno
Robert Trim, Maitre'D, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Veronica Turnball, Refreshment Center Attendant, Venetian Hotel

GUEST SERVICE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees who provide guest services in areas such as: Bell Desk, Door Attendant, Front Office, Reservations, Security Officers, Concierge, Health Club Facilities, and Valet.

Award sponsored by LodgeTools

Nominees:
Heather Moon, Front Desk Agent, Staybridge Suites
Theresa Richardson, Front Office Supervisor, Club de Soleil
Lisa Holmes, Hotel Front Desk Agent, Sam's Town Hotel and Casino
Elham Cada, Night Manager, Hilton Grand Vacations-Paradise
Jared Barnes, Front Office Supervisor, The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa
Aung (Henry) Naing, Bellperson, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
Javier Gomez, Butler, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Jenny Oliva, VIP Registration Coordinator, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Lee Zanetti, Bell Captain, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Lexy Segura, Lifeguard, Venetian/Palazzo
Mary Ann Torre, Concierge, ARIA

HOUSEKEEPING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees who work in the Housekeeping or Laundry departments. This includes employees such as: Room Attendants, House persons, Night Cleaners, Shampoo Persons, Laundry Persons, Linen Room Attendants, Chute Attendants, and Sewing Attendants.

Award sponsored by Workplace ESL Solutions

Nominees:
Queen Ruiz, Resort Guest Room Attendant, Red Rock Casino Resort
Ramon Zapien, Houseperson, Hilton Grand Vacations-The Blvd
Tersita Rico, Lead Laundry Attendant, Harrah's Reno
Tara Scott, Housekeeping Operations Coordinator, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Rosa Ruiz, Cleaning Specialists, Venetian/Palazzo

MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees working in engineering and maintenance departments. This includes employees such as: Engineers, Electricians, Painters, and Carpenters.

Nominees:
Jesus Ortiz, Internal Maintenance Casino Porter, Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Nathon Davis, Welder, Venetian/Palazzo

CASINO EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Nominees in this category are employees working in gaming sector of the property. This includes employees such as: Floor person, Coin Booth Cashier, Change Personnel, Carousel Attendants, Dealer, Keno Writers, Keno Runners, dealer, poker, floor supervisor, slot ambassador, slot host, etc.

Nominees:
Varun Karmilkar, Host Assistance, Casino Marketing, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Silvia Maruncic, Director of Casino Administration, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Andres Mora, Casino Credit Coordinator, Venetian/Palazzo
Bob Owens, VP Player Development, Harrah's Lake Tahoe

SUSTAINABILITY LEADER

This award recognizes industry properties that have developed a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations at the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations. The program must demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas: energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, water conservation, purchasing, and business issues (e.g. guest demands, community issues, land use and development, training and policy).

Award sponsored by Catalytic Pure Air

Nominees:
Peppermill Reno
Venetian

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

This award will be given for programs that provide service or demonstrate that the property is responsive to the local community. Examples include campaigns to benefit local or national service organizations or charities, service to the community through a special project, and joint undertakings with community groups. The Community Service will be awarded at the state level only and the winner will be announced at the NHLA "Stars of the Industry" awards night.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

A supplier company will be selected based on special support to the Association's activities and exceptional services to the lodging industry in Nevada. Nominees will be judged on outstanding service to their particular company, to NHLA, as well as to the industry. Hotels are encouraged to nominate allied members. The Allied Member of the Year will be awarded at the state level only and the winner will be announced at the NHLA "Stars of the Industry" awards night.

Nominees:
Internet Marketing Inc
Heartland Payment Systems
Lodge Tools
ImageWords Communications
NOR1

EMERGING HOSPITALITY LEADER OF THE YEAR

Honors an exemplary employee under age 35, who has demonstrated superior professional dedication, leadership, and a fresh perspective to their job performance. This individual should illustrate “out of the box” thinking in their professional and personal life, and dedication to the industry by actively participating in association, community, or industry programs.

Award sponsored by Hilton Worldwide

Nominees:
Blanca Salgado, Operations Supervisor, Staybridge Suites
Nicole Marshall, Director of Sales, Staybridge Suites
Julia Yaldo, Recreation Supervisor, Westin Lake Las Vegas Rsort and Spa
Amber Alspach, Senior Destination Sales Executive, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Joseph Yalda, Butler, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
Robert Cano, Slot Supervisor, Harrah's and Harvey's Lake Tahoe

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award will be given to educators that harness the development to the young hoteliers of tomorrow. A classroom teacher, a collegiate mentor or a guidance counselor that serves not only as a cultivator of the minds of our students, but an ambassador for the next generation of young hotel employees

UNDER 30s COUNCIL PRESENTATION

A presentation will honor the NHLA Under-30 Council members who have exemplified professionalism while sacrificing their personal time for the betterment of the hospitality industry. Creating initiatives and networking opportunities, fostering mentorship and guiding the program towards the future.

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