GMBHA 21st Annual Inn Key Luncheon

On Friday, May 1st, our 21st Annual Inn Key luncheon was held at JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel. This year we had over 320 hotel employee nominees in multiple categories. The GMBHA’s Inn Key Awards categories ranged from Bellmen and Housekeepers to Culinary and Engineering. Hotel award categories included Community Service, Diversity in the Workplace, Employee Relations, Guest Relations and Environmental Quality.

This year’s “Lodging Employee of the Year” Awards went to Ignacio Granados, Lead Steward, Loews Miami Beach Hotel (hotel over 200 rooms), and to Madison Howard, Front Office, Gale/Kaskades (hotel under 200 rooms).

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Wendy Kallergis, GMBHA’s President & CEO; Inn Key Award winner Ignacio Granados, Loews Miami Beach; & Peggy Benua, GMBHA’s Board Chair
Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Inn Key Award winner Ignacio Granados, Loews Miami Beach; & Peggy Benua, Chair of the Board, GMBHA
Madison Howard_Gale Kaskades
Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Inn Key Award winner Madison Howard, Gale/Kaskades Hotel & Peggy Benua, Chair of the Board, GMBHA

Hotel Achievement Awards:

Award  Hotel
Guest Relations (over) Mandarin Oriental Miami
Guest Relations (under) Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Diversity Relations (over) Hilton Miami Airport
Diversity Relations (under) SLS Hotel South Beach
Community Service (over) MDM Hotel Group
Community Service (under) The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
Employee Relations (over) Conrad Miami
Employee Relations (under) Dream South Beach
Environmental Quality (over) InterContinental Miami
Environmental Quality (under) Viceroy Miami

Hotel Employee Awards:

OVER-Awards Hotel First Name Last Name 
Bellperson InterContinental Miami Ousmane Balde
Food and Beverage Embassy Suites Miami Airport Tamara Szczepanska-Acuna
Front Office Shore Club Dorothy Jean Hicks
Roomkeeper Sofitel Miami Mireya Cajigas
Security Officer W South Beach Durantown Pierre
Recreation Loews Miami Beach Hotel Shanique Holness
Engineering Hyatt Regency Coral Gables John Arroyo
Culinary/Kitchen JW Marriott Marquis Miami Keno Tate
Concierge Mandarin Oriental Miami Italo Fornoni
Valet Marriott Stanton South Beach Radimir Tejada
Administrative Four Seasons Hotel Miami Oscar Triana
Banquets Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Mary Pineda
Under-Awards Hotel First Name Last Name 
Bellperson Z Ocean Hotel South Beach Domingo Rodriguez
Food and Beverage Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami Evian Cuellar
Front Office Seagull Hotel – Miami Beach Diana Morales
Roomkeeper The Carillon Hotel & Spa Yoselaine Aponte
Security Officer The Redbury South Beach – sbe Miami Luis Tapia
Recreation Viceroy Miami Elizabeth Hidalgo
Engineering Days Inn Miami Beach / Oceanside Alberto Mejia
Culinary/Kitchen Holiday Inn Coral Gables – University Mario Funes
Concierge Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach Maya Frenkiel
Valet Sea View Hotel Esteban Vasquez
Administrative The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami Deborah Halberstein
Banquets Regency Hotel Miami Sheyla Munoz
Lodging OVER  Loews Miami Beach Hotel Ignacio Granados
Lodging UNDER Gale/Kaskades Madison Howard

Congrats to InterContinental Miami

Congratulations to GMBHA Executive Board of Director Robert Hill, General Manager, InterContinental Miami and his team for winning the Silver Medal Award for community service at Miami Today’s 2015 Gold Medal Awards At the JW Marriott Marquis April 30th, 2015.

Robert Hill - JW Marriott Marquis
InterContinental Hotel team Arminio Rivera, Christine Corson, General Manager Robert Hill, (GMBHA Executive Board Director) and Mike Kovensky, Director of Sales