The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year

This award honors the accomplishments of Stevan Porter, the late president of the Americas for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). This award honors an exemplary lodging employee under age 30 who has demonstrated superior professional dedication, leadership, and a fresh perspective to their job. This individual should illustrate "out of the box" thinking in their professional and personal life, and dedication to the industry by actively participating in association, community, or industry programs.


Julie Poincenot, Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco


Shelbi Walker, Visit Concord, Visit Concord


Abigail Derohanian, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
Zack Moghaddam, Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach


Fernando Mondragon, HR Coordinator/Recruiter, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells


Christina Zizzo, Human Resources Manager, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco


Patrick Calahan, Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
Sadie Larson, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco


Parris Preston, Homewood Suites San Diego - Del Mar, San Diego
Dylan Cloughen, Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
Jennifer Yang, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes


Whitney Okuda, Catering Manager, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco


Kelly Rafferty, Front Desk Manager, The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco


Kelly Merritt, Sales Manager, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco


Robert Shinn, Associate Director of Welcome Office, W Los Angeles Westwood, Los Angeles


Drew Berry, Director of Food & Beverage, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills
Michelle Holmberg, Sales Manager, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco
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