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2012 Stars of the Industry Awards

San Francisco, CA - The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2012 Stars of the Industry award winners yesterday at the W San Francisco in San Francisco, CA on November 27, 2012. The Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, were given out under four property and six individual categories, including a brand new category for this year, the HD Supply Housekeeping award. This new award recognizes a non-management housekeeping staff member for their outstanding efforts and contributions to their hotel’s housekeeping operations. Also new this year was the Student Member and Student Chapter of the Year awards.

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year

Jim Catlett, Golf Starter, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai
Nichole Phillips, Chef, Dunbar House, 1880, Murphys
Hortencia Renteria, Public Areas Attendant, Andaz San Diego, San Diego

Outstanding Manager of the Year

Wilfredo Villar, Director of Rooms, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Sausalito
Jeff Josenhans, Director of Venues, US Grant, San Diego
Bernd Liebergesell, Executive Chef/Director of F&B, The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

Outstanding General Manager of the Year

Claudia Ludlow, Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado
Sal Abaunza, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills
Albert Smith, Hotel Palomar, Los Angeles
Tom Klein, The Fairmont, San Francisco

HD Supply Housekeeping Award

Fernando Salinas, Housekeeping Supervisor, Westin Verasa, Napa
Carmen Perez, Laundry Supervisor, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, La Jolla

The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year

Kelly Merritt, Sales Manager, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco

WIL Connect Leader of the Year

Marissa Edwards, Director of All Fun Things, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Community Service

Guest Relations

Student Member of the Year

Jessica Zhang, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona

Student Chapter of the Year

Special Events

Hyatt Regency, Sacramento
CHLA Partners