Connecticut Lodging Association 113th Annual Meeting and Stars of the Industry Awards!

The Connecticut Lodging Association (CLA) held their 113th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on September 28th at the Hilton Mystic, with record breaking numbers in attendance. Anne S. Evans, Director of the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, Connecticut, served as keynote speaker emphasizing the importance of international inbound tourism highlighting the new airline partnerships as a vital part of Connecticut's economy.

2017 Stars of the Industry Awards
The CLA's "Stars of the Industry" awards were created to recognize outstanding achievements in Connecticut's lodging community. Nominated by members of the CLA, the winners on the state level automatically compete at the national level in the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) Stars of the Industry Awards in spring, 2018.

2017 Employee of the Year Awards:
Outstanding Front Desk Associate Awards:
Elizabeth Clemons, Microtel Inn & Suites Uncasville
Minerva Salgado, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milford
Outstanding Housekeeping Associate Awards:  
Angel Garcia, Marriott Hartford Downtown
Juan Rodriguez, Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
Sales Associate of the Year Award - Susie DeRoy, Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale
Food & Beverage Associate of the Year Award- Therese-Quarrie-Gourlay, Hartford/Windsor Marriott
2017 Manager of the Year Awards:
Manager of the Year Award - Brittney Davis, Hilton Mystic
General Manager of the Year Award - Nick Lorusso, Hilton Hartford Hotel

Announcing 2018 CLA Officers & Directors
Jeff Muthersbaugh, Nehemiah Brainerd Bed & Breakfast, Haddam - President
Steve Matiatos, Courtyard by Marriott at Yale - Vice President
Peter H. Mason, Konover Hotel Corporation - Secretary
Jon Norton, Omar Coffee Company - Treasurer
Victor Antico, Holiday Inn Express, Vernon - Immediate Past President
Term Ending 2018
Terri Almond, Hilton Mystic
Lynn Dell, Doubletree Bristol
Traci LaShomb, CHA, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Uncasville
John Loyacano, Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley International Airport
Dinu Patel, Rodeway Inn & Suites Branford
Michael Trosin, Marriott Hartford/Windsor, Past President
Term Ending 2019
Mike Ferguson, Courtyard by Marriott, Orange
John Lombardo, Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa
Michael Marques, Hampton Inn Shelton
Duane Schroder, Hartford Marriott Downtown
Term Ending 2020
Brian Hunt, Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
Rick Richardson, Dolce Norwalk Center
Juan Salas-Romer, New Haven Village Suites
Brian Summers, Heritage Hotel and Conference Center, Southbury
Scott Phelps, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau - CVB Representative
Win Smith III, Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group - Allied Representative
Bud O'Donnell,  Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, PC - Allied Representative
Bob Forcier, Mitchell College - Education Representative

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner