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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE—Embassy Suites Hotels, the national brand of upscale, all-suite hotels, has honored David Hansen, chief engineer of the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort, with the company’s Spirit of Embassy Award. This award designates Hansen as a top performer within Embassy Suites Hotels. Nominated by their peers because of exemplary loyalty, attitude and service, Spirit of Embassy Award winners continually exceed expectations of both customers and fellow team members.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Crossings, Austin’s premier green destination and wellness spa, has named Alan Goldschneider as its new general manager. An accomplished and award-winning professional, Goldschneider brings more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry. His wealth of expertise in opening and transitioning luxury properties has consistently earned them rankings among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 destinations.
ORLANDO, FLA.—Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen was recently honored with a Legacy Award, Sustainable Florida’s highest honor, during the organization’s 11th Annual Best Practices Awards held at Rosen Shingle Creek last month. Sustainable Florida, a program of the Collins Center, is a public-private alliance of organizations and businesses that promote sustainable best management practices—those which protect and preserve Florida’s environment.
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—As director of sustainability at Montage Hotels & Resorts, Mark Slymen oversees all sustainable development and operational practices at the young but growing company. Montage, which focuses on the development of ultra-luxury properties, recently earned LEED Gold certification for its Beverly Hills hotel. Working in tandem with a consulting firm, Slymen recently oversaw the process that led up to the LEED designation.
SEATTLE—When one thinks of sustainability and hotels, it is certainly not the sales department that first comes to mind. Molly Ray, manager, sustainable partnerships and senior sales manager for Kimpton Hotels Seattle, is proving, however, that by making a commitment to sustainability, one can not only sustain sales volume but grow it as well. Ray is the architect of Kimpton’s Sustainable Partnership Program (KSP).
MIAMI—The Miami office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY is pleased to announce that its director of architecture, J Beattie, AIA, LEED AP, has been elected co-chair for the Florida Caribbean Regional Council of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has been an active participant of sustainable efforts for many years.
LEXINGTON, MASS.—As general manager of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Element hotel in Lexington, Mass., Christopher Hartzell is in an exciting position. The hotel is Starwood’s first Element property, the first one to achieve LEED certification (LEED Gold) and the first hotel in Massachusetts to earn LEED honors. Hartzell is a Starwood veteran, having worked for the company for almost seven years.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) announced that Jeff Hiller has been promoted to the position of president of the organization. SFC was founded by Gerry Cooklin in October 2006 as a nonprofit coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and gained the early support of prominent board members.
TORONTO—Demonstrating their commitment to leadership in environmental sustainability, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has hired Tonya Lagrasta for the role of sustainability coordinator. Tonya will focus on minimizing the MTCC’s operational footprint by enhancing the several environmental and social initiatives currently in place.
OLD SAYBROOK, CONN.—Stephen Tagliatela, co-owner of the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, is a strong advocate of measurement and continuous improvement. That approach has paid huge dividends for the Inn & Spa since it opened in 1989. Especially in the last three years, savings through energy and water conservation have been significant.
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