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Congratulations to the following WH&LA members on their recent awards and recognition!

The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee was honored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association at its Stars of the Industry Awards ceremony, held during the Summer Summit at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA. The hotel was a winner of the Guest Relations, Small Property award and the Special Events, One-time Only, Small Property award for its celebration of the 77th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, where the property was transformed into a 1933 speakeasy.

Bob & Anita Dhir of DHIR Group LLC, Milwaukee were recognized at the Choice Hotels International 2011 Convention as 2011 Premier Alliance Winners, which recognizes exceptional franchisees that develop properties with Choice Hotels, live up to the brand promise through excellent property performance and are active in the franchise community.

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WH&LA would like to congratulate the following properties for their recent employee achievements:

Matt Drusch, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center, recently received his Certified Hospitality Sales Professional designation.

Charles Kaiser, owner of the Americas Best Value Inn-Campus View, Eau Claire, received a “New Member Development” award in Americas Best Value Inn “Best of the Best” awards program, which is awarded to an owner or GM who has been instrumental in growing the ABVI brand and provided extraordinary support to the ABVI team.

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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties for their recent awards and recognition!

Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center, winner of the Best Western corporate Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards.

Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, named one of the Top 10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools for Kids by ABC News/Travel.

Kalahari Resort Convention Center & Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

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Congratulations to The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee, for winning two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association Summer Summit last month!

James Valona was named Outstanding Manager of the Year, while Graham Adams received the Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year.

“We’re honored that not one, but two Iron Horse employees were recognized this year,” said owner Tim Dixon. “With only 12 awards given out, that’s pretty impressive.”

The Iron Horse put together a great old-time-style YouTube video highlighting a day in the life of Graham Adams, available here.

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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties that have recently been recognized for excellence:

Days Inn Hotel of the Arts, Milwaukee, winner of the Mayor’s Design Award for “Design that Grabs You,” which recognizes projects that have great curb appeal, street engagement, inviting exteriors, welcoming entries and gathering spaces for the public.

The Iron Horse Hotel & The Yard Outdoor Patio, Milwaukee, winner of the Mayor’s Design Award for “It’s All in the Details,” which recognizes projects with creative uses of materials or lightig, with details that celebrate culture or heritage, with unique reuses of older elements, or with art and other public amenities.

Courtyard by Marriott-Madison East‘s General Manager, Dennis Clark, was named 2009 general manager of the year, the top honor among 600 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in North America. The property also won a Diamond Award for hotel performance and service.

Courtyard by Marriott-Madison West/Middleton was honored with a Platinum Award for service in its brand.

Residence Inn by Marriott-Madison West/Middleton received a Gold Award for service in its brand.

Fairfield Inn & Suites-Madison West/Middleton was awarded a Silver Award for service in the brand.

Hampton Inn & Suites-Madison West/Middleton earned the Circle of Excellence Award which goes to the top 10% of the Hampton brand in product quality and guest satisfaction

Hilton Garden Inn-Madison West/Middleton received the Problem Resolution Award for the Hilton Garden Inn with the highest overall service recovery scores for 2009.

Hampton Inn Appleton Fox River Mall Area received the Hampton brand Loyalty Champion Award for highest guest loyalty scores for 2009.

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