March 1, 2012

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has named WH&LA 2012 Chairman of the Board, Connie Barbian of Inn Development & Management, Fort Atkinson, a winner of the State Leadership Award for Wisconsin at the association’s annual Legislative Action Summit on February 29, in Washington D.C. Connie, left, is pictured with AH&LA President, CEO Joe McInerney.

In nominating Connie for the award, WH&LA said, “Connie Barbian on any given day is in the midst of exploring new partnerships, negotiating third-party contracts, overseeing new marketing concepts, touching base with her company’s management team; plus she is the newly-elected Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association, after serving on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the past six years. Connie is an ‘idea person’ who loves problem solving and knows the value of networking – whether it is for WH&LA or for her business responsibilities. WH&LA is fortunate to have someone of her caliber and dedication to service, as our state Chairman this year.”

The State Leadership Awards, formerly known as the Most Valuable Volunteer Awards, were created in 1998 to honor standout members in each partner state association who help implement and strengthen programs.

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