CH&LA Announces 2015 Stars of the Industry Award Winners

San Diego, California – The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2015 Stars of the Industry award winners on Thursday at the US Grant hotel in San Diego. The annual Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, are given out to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry. The 2015 awards were given out for five property and six individual categories, as well as one industry supplier category.

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year:
Rebecca Hill, Staff Member – Inn at Playa Del Rey, Playa Del Rey

Chris Morano, Chief Concierge – The Fountaingrove Inn, Santa Rosa

Tammy Martin, In-Room Dining Order Taker – Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa

Outstanding Manager of the Year:
Martin Cisneros – SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach

Robert Lipinski – Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica

General Manager of the Year:
Tom Patton – Ramada Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Anne Marie Presutti – Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco

The HD Supply Housekeeping Award went to:
Vanessa Myers – The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Berkeley

Yolanda Trujillo - Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego

The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of Year award winners were:
Parris Preston – Homewood Suites San Diego-Del Mar, San Diego

Dylan Cloughen – Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Jennifer Yang – Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

WIL Connect Leader of the Year award winners were:
Jessica Ordonez-Steenblock - Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Polina Spector - Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco

Community Service award went to:
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

The Good Earthkeeping award winner was:
Clift Hotel, San Francisco

Guest Relations awards went to:
Magic Castle Hotel, Los Angeles

Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim

Ongoing Special Event awards were presented to:
Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco

One Time Special Event award was given to:
The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco

The Technology Innovation award went to:
Savioke, Inc., Santa Clara

“The California Hotel & Lodging Association is honored to recognize our 2015 winners,” said CH&LA President & CEO Lynn Mohrfeld.  “Our congratulations go out to each of these individuals and properties for their continued dedication and outstanding contributions to our state’s lodging industry.”  

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About CH&LA

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) was established in 1893 and is a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. It represents all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfasts and boutique inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA is on the web at