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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) presented 2013 WH&LA Chairman of the Board Buck Drossart, CLM, of The Pointe Hotel & Suites and Conference Center, Minocqua, with a State Leadership Award during AH&LA’s annual Legislative Action Summit. The State Leadership Awards were created in 1998 to honor standout members in each partner state association who help implement and strengthen programs. Drossart is pictured at left with J.W. Mariott, Jr., executive chairman & chairman of the board for Mariott International Inc., who was honored with the first AH&LA Voice of the Industry Award.

Vail Brown, CMHS, vice president of global business development & marketing for STR, was also recognized at LAS for receiving the 2013 John Whitaker Award, which is presented to an outstanding Certified Master Hotel Supplier for their dedication and to innovation within the industry. Vail Brown is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Conference November 3-5 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva.

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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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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has named WH&LA Chairman of the Board, Robert Y. Dove, Jr. of the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah a winner of the State Leadership Award for Wisconsin at the association’s annual Legislative Action Summit in March.

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. Below Dove is pictured with AH&LA Chairman John Campbell and AH&LA President, CEO Joe McInerney at the Legislative Action Summit in Washington, D.C.

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The WIA is once again heading to Washington D.C. for the 2010 AH&LA Legislative Action Summit:

March 15-16, 2010
J.W. Marriott Hotel
Washington, DC

From AH&LA:

“This is your chance to visit your Senators and Representative and let them know your opinion on pending legislation. There is no better opportunity for hoteliers to come make a big difference on the legislation that matter most to you in 2009 and 2010: economic recovery, health care, card check, and travel.

At the 2010 LAS, you will gain insights from lawmakers and top industry executives on how impending legislation will impact your business decisions. LAS’s Industry CEO panel will feature an in-depth discussion on issues from these top industry leaders:

• Jim Abrahamson, President, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group
• Steve Joyce, CEO, Choice Hotels International
• David Kong, President & CEO, Best Western International Inc.
• Christopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Hotels Corporation

With the economy, health care, and card check legislation on the table during the 2010 election year, Congress needs to hear your point of view.”

Click to see the full schedule, accommodation information, or to register now.

For more information on WIA’s scheduled appointments or to join the Wisconsin delegation, please contact the WIA office. In 2009, five WIA members made the trip on behalf of Wisconsin’s lodging industry. Can we get an even stronger showing this year?

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