ORLANDO, Fla., April 2002-The Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association has announced this year's winners of the Stars of the Industry awards for champions of hospitality training and education. The following people and properties were honored at the 22nd annual Stars of the Industry luncheon, Thursday, April 4, during the AH&LA Annual Conference and Leadership Forum/The Lodging Expo in Philadelphia, Pa.
Hasmukh P. Rama, CHA, is the 2002 recipient of the Arthur Landstreet Award. Named after the Tennessee hotelier who founded the Educational Institute, the Arthur Landstreet award is presented to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the quality of education and training in the hospitality industry.
Rama, chairman and CEO of JHM Hotels, Inc., Greenville, S.C., exemplifies the qualities of dedication, leadership, and generosity in promoting education in the hospitality industry. He is a past chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and has served on the board of advisors for a number of hospitality schools, including Johnson & Wales University, New York University, The University of Houston, and California Polytechnic University. He has offered his time, experience, and services to the mentorship program in hospitality at Cornell University. In 1998, JHM Hotels presented a $1 million scholarship donation to the American Hotel Foundation to assist minority students seeking careers in the lodging industry.
EI presented four Lamp of Knowledge Awards this year. These awards are given to individuals and companies who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism in the hospitality industry. This year's honorees are:
Outstanding Educator: Tom Lambrecht, CHA, CHE, executive director of the McClenaghan Center for Hospitality Training, Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio.
Outstanding Manager: William F. Simpson, CHA, CRDE, general manager, The Hershey Lodging & Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.
Outstanding Governmental Leader: Gene Coulson, founder and director of the Office of Hospitality Education and Training (HEAT) in the West Virginia Department of Education.
Outstanding Student: Abdel Zouari, CHA, Vice President of Operations, Allegro Resorts, Aruba.
The Educational Institute will also award Performance Plus Gold Achievement Awards and the Performance Plus Meritorious Award to several properties that have raised their performance standards and demonstrated excellence in training and guest satisfaction using the Performance Plus Training and Development System. Winning properties are:
* Fort Rucker Army Lodging, Fort Rucker, Alabama (Gold Award)
* Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan (Gold Award)
* Naval Air Station, North Island, Coronado Inn, San Diego, Cal. (Meritorious Award)
Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute is the premier source for quality hospitality education, training, and professional certification, serving and needs and advancing the excellence of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.