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2018 Stars of the Industry Awards Program

November 4th - Sheraton West Des Moines

Nominate a Star Today!

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2018 Sponsors - We thank you!

Interested in sponsoring the Star Awards? A number of great opportunities are available. Contact Shellie at 1-800-743-IOWA (4692) or ila@netins.net.

2017 Award Recipients

Front of the House Employees of the Year

Jennifer Baker, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, West Des Moines
Lisa Carlson, Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown (no photo available)
 

Heart of the House Employees of the Year

Rhonda Saffin, GrandStay Hotel & Suites, Ames
Renea Rathmacher, Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Department Managers of the Year

Paula Yanqui, Sheraton, West Des Moines
Zach Heon, Hampton Inn Airport, Des Moines
David Cesario, Des Moines Marriott Downtown (no photo available)

Sales and Marketing Employee of the Year

Maria Ruiz, Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames

Spirit of Hospitality Awards

Zachary Kuptiz, Fairfield Inn & Suites, West Des Moines
Marie Eikenberry, Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Community Service Award

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (Bryan Stolz, GM, accepting award)

Hotelier of the Year

Tara McLaughlin, GM, Country Inn & Suites, Northwood


Properties of the Year Awards

Prairie Meadows Hotel, Altoona (Lance Riedl, GM, accepting award)
Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown (Kristen Amfahr, GM, accepting award)


2016 Award Recipients
Hotelier of the Year
Jean McBreen, GM, GrandStay Hotel & Suites, Ames
Property of the Year
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

2015 Award Recipients

Hotelier of the Year
Bryan Stolz, GM, Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Property of the Year
Hotel Julien, Dubuque

2014 Award Recipients
Hotelier of the Year
Lisa Tuller, GM, West Des Moines Marriott
Property of the Year
Des Moines Marriott Downtown

2013 Award Recipient
Hotelier of the Year
Skip Hammerman, GM, Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown

2012 Award Recipients
Property of the Year
Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown
Hotelier of the Year
Dan Withrow, GM, Sheraton West Des Moines

2011 Award Recipients
Property of the Year
Chase Suite Hotel, Clive
Hotelier of the Year
Terry McLane, GM, Des Moines Marriott

Nominate a Star

Members can nominate in individuals for awards in several categories including:

  • Front of the House
  • Heart of the House
  • Community Service Award
  • Department Manager of the Year
  • Sales & Marketing Manager of the Year
  • Spirit of Hospitality
  • Hotelier of the Year

An outstanding hotel is honored as Property of the Year.
For details on nominating, download the nomination form.

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