2013 Stars of the Industry Awards

Indian Wells, Calif. – The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2013 Stars of the Industry award winners today at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa on November 19, 2013. The annual Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, are given out to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry. The 2013 awards were given out for four property and six individual categories.

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year

Andrew McLaurin, Sr. Front Desk Agent, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Sausalito
LaMont Simonaro, Maintenance, SeaCrest Ocean Front Hotel, Pismo Beach
Matt Leonhardt, Concierge, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Sacramento

Outstanding Manager of the Year

Fe Herron, Housekeeping Manager, Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado
Olivia Rodriguez, Executive Housekeeper, Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, San Francisco
Charles Connell, Executive Chef, Doubletree Hotel Sacramento, Sacramento
John Bernier, Director of Human Resources, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco

Outstanding General Manager of the Year

Stefan Muhle, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Sausalito
Jody Blackinton, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, San Diego
Jon Kimball, The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

HD Supply Housekeeping Award

Julia Castro, Laundry Supervisor, US Grant Hotel, San Diego

The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year

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

WIL Connect Leader of the Year

Caroline Dyal, General Manager, Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara

Community Service

Guest Relations

Andaz San Diego, San Diego

Technology Innovation of the Year

Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco

Special Events

CHLA Partners