Congratulations to our 19th Annual Inn Key Winners!

Lodging Employees of the year - high five

Our 19th Annual Inn Key Awards Luncheon was the largest one yet! Raj Singh, Chairman of the Board, and our GMBHA Board of Directors would like to congratulate the 306 hotel employee nominees and the 22 winners. We would also like to congratulate the 43 hotel nominees and the 8 winners for the Hotel Achievement Awards. With over 950 in attendance to include over 60 hotels represented, the room was electric and tearful as we all celebrated the “heart of our hotels”… OUR EMPLOYEES.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: DoubleTree by Hilton MACC, PSAV, GMCVB, American Airlines, Miami Dolphins, Towne Park, Doctors @ Your Home, Boucher Brothers, 1 Hotel South Beach, Clevelander/Essex House,  DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay, Eden Roc, a Renaissance Hotel, Enterprise Holdings, Mandarin Oriental, Menin Hotels, Sea View Hotel, The Setai Miami Beach, Shore Club, The James Royal Palm, and ThyssenKrupp.

 Our Allied and Allied Upgrade Member Expo was outstanding with over 65 participants. Thank you always for your continued support and belief in our organization.

We were thrilled to once this year again announce the GMCVB partner sponsor of  the GMBHA Stuart L. Blumberg Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship this year. The scholarship will be awarded in June to a fortunate graduate of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.

19th Annual Inn Key Employee Award Winners:

Bellperson (over 200 rooms): Fernando Santos, Hyatt Regency Miami

Bellperson (under 200 rooms): Rafael Castro, Edgewater South Beach

Concierge (over 200 rooms): Gabriel Lewis Jr., EPIC Hotel

Concierge (under 200 rooms): William Garcia, Delano Hotel

Culinary/Kitchen (over 200 rooms): Thalia Smart, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Culinary/Kitchen (under 200 rooms): Roosevelt Gabriel, The Betsy Hotel

Engineering (over 200 rooms): Berto Garcia, Hilton Miami Airport

Engineering (under 200 rooms): Jose Barrera, Regency Hotel Miami

Food & Beverage (over 200 rooms): Joanne Scorza, InterContinental Miami

Food & Beverage (under 200 rooms): Svetlana Guerra, Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove

Front Office (over 200 rooms): Torri Pugh, Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

Front Office (under 200 rooms): Anastasia Veselova, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Recreation (over 200 rooms): Marckenson Batichon, Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club Miami Lakes, FL

Recreation (under 200 rooms): Susie Lewis, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach

Roomkeeper (over 200 rooms): Sandra Rubio, Miami Marriott Dadeland

Roomkeeper (under 200 rooms): Lilia Martinez, The Raleigh Hotel

Security Officer (over 200 rooms): Ramon Hamilton, Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Security Officer (under 200 rooms): Rudy Gonzalez, The Setai Hotel-South Beach Miami

Valet (over 200 rooms): Pierre Suran, Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Valet (under 200 rooms): Raul Castillo, Sea View Hotel

Lodging Employee (over 200 rooms): Geno Marron, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

Lodging Employee (under 200 rooms): Alisha Heller, Clevelander

19th Annual Inn Key Hotel Achievement Awards: 

  Guest Relations (over 200 rooms) – DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center

Guest Relations (under 200 rooms) – Edgewater South Beach

    Employee Relations (over 200 rooms) – W South Beach

Employee Relations (under 200 rooms) – The Clevelander

  Diversity in the Workplace (over 200 rooms) – Embassy Suites Miami

  Community Service (over 200 rooms)- MDM Hotel Group

  Community Service (under 200 rooms) – DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay

    Environmental Quality (over 200 rooms) – Loews Miami Beach

To view pictures of the event, please click here.

To view our post-event press release, please click here.

The GMBHA appreciates the following for their incredible hard work toward making this a success:

My incredible team, Megan Tague, Membership Communications Manager, Jeanette Borgomeo, Membership Sales Manager, Irina Stepanenko, Membership Accounts Coordinator
Tony Ferrara, General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, and his fabulous team
Mark Calibo, Director of Sales & Marketing, DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center
Robert Hernandez, Director of Catering, DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center
Michael Meuse, Executive Chef, DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center
The GMBHA Judges and Presenters
Jack Nolan, The Impressions Group South
Jon Murakami and Mauricio Quiroga, PSAV
Corporate Image Photography
Gort Productions
Al Ricketts Photography
DJ Mayner
L&M Engravers
Vista Convention Services
A.B. Cover Designers
FIU team and AOHT interns
Keilani Rodriguez, Graphic Designer

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