Gold Key Award Winners Honored by Tourism Industry

by San Diego Hotel-Motel Association

The Thirty-Eighth Annual Gold Key Awards dinner was held February 22 at the Town and Country Resort. Awards were presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the tourism industry.

The event was co-sponsored by the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Other participating organizations were International Live Events Society, Meeting Professionals International, National Association of Catering and Events, San Diego Concierge Association, and San Diego Tourism Authority.

Congratulations to the following people on being honored with the highest level of achievement in our industry and living up to our destination’s moniker as America’s Finest City.

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Patti Roscoe-Allied Person of the Year
MARK EMCH
San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Hotelperson of the Year
MIKE STAPLES
Catamaran Resort

Food & Beverage Person of the Year
SERAWIT CHERU
Manchester Grand Hyatt

Guest Service Associate of the Year
SHRADDHA CARLIN
Westgate Hotel

Salesperson of the Year
JOHN PARKER
Renaissance San Diego Downtown

Heart of the House Associate of the Year
REBECCA “BECKY” FRIBERG
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Hotel Leader of the Year
HEATHER LAWLER
Bahia Hotel

HSMAI JAMES V. CUNNINGHAM AWARD
CHEF DARYL O’DONNELL
Centerplate, San Diego Convention Center

HSMAI REVENUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
MELISSA OCHOA
RAR Hospitality

GOLD KEY AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY BY SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF THE INDUSTRY WAS PRESENTED TO
SCOTT MCGAUGH
USS MIDWAY MUSEUM

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