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CHICAGO— Georg R. Rafael, managing director of Rafael Group S.A.M., has been named the 2008 recipient of the “International Hotelier Global Citizen” award. Rafael will be honored at the sixth annual International Hotel Conference, which will be held October 15 to 17 at the Cavaleri Hilton in Rome, Italy.
BOSTON—For 18 years now, Michael Oshman has delivered the message of sustainability to restaurateurs. In the last few years, many more people have started to listen to him—even some of the biggest restaurant operators in the country. That is good news for the restaurant industry and good news for the environment.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—GLM, a dmg world media business, has named Lynn White, a 27-year tradeshow industry veteran, as show manager of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS). As show manager, White will be responsible for day-to-day direction of the annual hospitality industry tradeshow.
BOSTON—Further increasing the property’s emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of its hotel and meeting facilities, Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center (Seaport) announced the appointment of Matthew V. Moore as director of rooms and environmental programs. A 13-year hospitality veteran, Moore joined Seaport in 2005 as director of rooms.
MINNETONKA, MINN.—Carmen Baker, who took on the role of vice president of responsible business at Carlson Hotels Worldwide earlier this year, knows that her company has a lot of work to do from an environmental standpoint. Fortunately for her, and for Carlson, the Brussels, Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has been implementing green practices since the 1990s.
BOSTON—Careers often take dramatic turns. That is what happened to Dan Ruben about five years ago when he went from working as a health care administrator to helping to green the 2004 national political conventions as executive director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions.
COSTALEGRE, JALISCO, MEXICO—Boca de Iguanas, the newest eco-resort project along Mexico’s pristine Costalegre, has named Lorena Vargas sustainability manager responsible for eco-friendly programs that reflect the project’s commitment to the environment.
CHICAGO—November 1, 2007 was a big day for Brigitta Witt. It was her first day working as Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Every day since has been even bigger because she has begun to tackle projects that few other hotel company executives have tried.
TIFTON, GA.—As president of Stafford Hospitality, Greg Brosius has never been busier. His company owns eight hotels, manages 12 (including the eight owned), is negotiating with a couple of hotel groups to manage more, and is also developing two new properties.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Growing up in Lake Placid, in the midst of a scenic 6 million acre park, Jenn Holderied learned the importance of protecting the area’s natural resources. “Up here [in New York], it becomes part of who you are,” she says.
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