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Stars of the Industry Award Winners Announced

January 16, 2019

View photos from the 2019 Stars of the Industry Awards
View photos from the 2019 Lodging Summit and Vendor Expo

Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association Honors Outstanding Lodging Employees and Properties

The Annual Stars of the Industry Awards was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond on January 15, 2019. Special guest Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell was on hand to congratulate winners at the start of the event. This program, presented by the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, is designed to honor Oklahoma's outstanding hospitality professionals for their service and commitment to the guest service and hospitality industry. Our partners in support of this lodging award program include Auto-Chlor System; Clearwater Enterprises; Cox Business; HD Supply; Heartland; McGregor Insurance Group; STR; ServiceMASTER; United Linen & Uniform Services; and US Foods.  

This year, submissions resulted in 54 nominees from properties of all sizes among the ten categories – proof of Oklahoma’s outstanding employees and properties. Merits and accomplishments were realized for the calendar year 2018. Honorees were each nominated by the owners, General Managers, or Human Resource departments of the recipient's property.

This year’s Stars of the Industry Award recipients are as follows:

Heart of Hospitality
Colton Dillingham - Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Food & Beverage Employee of the Year
Luis Hernandez - Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Front Desk Employee of the Year
Josh Allen - Residence Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Outstanding General Manager of  the Year-Large Property
Christian Harris - Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Medical Center, Oklahoma City

Outstanding General Manager of the Year-Small Property
Trisha Kerkstra - POSTOAK Lodge, Tulsa

Outstanding Lodging Employee of Year-Large Property
James Hines - Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel, Tulsa

Outstanding Lodging Employee of Year-Small Property
Damain Pacheco - Riverwind Hotel, Norman

Outstanding Manager/Supervisor of the Year
Anthony Keener - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa

Outstanding Roomkeeper of the Year
Velvet Ward - Riverwind Hotel, Norman

Outstanding WIL Leader of the Year
Jennifer Burgess-Wright - Coury Hospitality, Tulsa

Additional nominees include:

Kayla Angeles - Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City Midtown, Oklahoma City
Melanie Barrow - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa
Brian Boutwell - Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Nicole Bruton - Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Ft. Sill, Lawton
Joshua Busin - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa
Tyler Cline - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa
Maria "Maribel" Cordoba - Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City Midtown, Oklahoma City
Gabe DeGroot - Courtyard by Marriott Oklahoma City North, Oklahoma City
Thomas Deppe - Colcord Hotel-Flint Restaurant, Oklahoma City
Gigi Diaz - Residence Inn OKC Downtown/Bricktown, Oklahoma City
James Ernst - POSTOAK Lodge, Tulsa
Linda Faries - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Eva Garcia - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Corey Glover - Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center, Norman
Allyson Gregory - Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel, Tulsa
Robin Haggerty - Northwest Inn, Woodward
Pamela Hammer - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa
Shaneka Hishaw - Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City
Lorna Hughes - Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City
Lane Huntley - SpringHill Suites, Del City
Dakota Ironrope - Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Ft. Sill, Lawton
Cheryl Jackson - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Perry James - POSTOAK Lodge, Tulsa
Bryanna Kernal - Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel, Tulsa
Cheryl Maydew, WinStar World Casino Hotel, Thackerville
Lyssa Murray - Best Western Plus Norman, Norman
Toby New - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Nikki Nuckolis - Hilton Garden Inn Midtown, Oklahoma City
Alejandra Olivo - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Penn Square Mall, Oklahoma City
Jennie Perrine - Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Alena Pirtle - Riverwind Hotel, Norman
Mackenzie Plank - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Sharenna Pulse - Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa
Lana Rivera - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Catoosa
Juan Ruiz - Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Doris Rusher - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Ashli Steele - Riverwind Hotel, Norman
Danielle Steppe - Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Ft Sill, Lawton
Brenda Stevens - Northwest Inn, Woodward
KeDorian Sullivan - Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Ft. Sill, Lawton
Lety Vasquez - Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City
Carolyn Washington - POSTOAK Lodge, Tulsa
Darcie (Dee) White - Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Sissie Young - Treasure Valley Hotel, Davis

Oklahoma award recipients will be submitted to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) to compete in the national Stars of the Industry Awards competition. National winners will be honored during an AH&LA event in 2019.
 
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