CH&LA Announces 2016 Stars of the Industry Award Winners

Rancho Palos Verdes, California – The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2016 Stars of the Industry award winners on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. 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 2016 awards were given out for three property and six individual categories, as well as the inaugural Peggy Mosley Industry Champion Award honoring an outstanding CH&LA or CABBI member who has demonstrated professionalism in operating a CH&LA or CABBI member property, and have taken a leadership role in our industry and in his or her community.


Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year:
Edwin Valondo, Front Desk - TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Campbell

Leticia Lopez, Front Desk Supervisor - Ramada Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Daniel Newhouse, Restaurant Server - Hotel del Coronado, Coronado


Outstanding Manager of the Year:
Erica Coppola - Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach

Guysell Geter - Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

Juan Leonis - Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco


General Manager of the Year:
Ann Callahan - Hillcrest House, San Diego

Rick Riess - Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Grant Coonley - Hilton Los Angeles, Los Angeles


The HD Supply Housekeeping Award went to:
Soledad Ibarra - Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Carmel

Fernando Lozada - Harbor Court Hotel, San Francisco

Stephanie Gonzales - Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, La Jolla


The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of Year award winners were:
Patrick Calahan - Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Sadie Larson - Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco


WIL Connect Leader of the Year award winners were:
Kelly Roberts - The Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside

Cindy Hill - W San Francisco, San Francisco


Community Service award went to:
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach

CLIFT, San Francisco


The Good Earthkeeping award winner was:
Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes


Guest Relations awards went to:
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, San Francisco


The Peggy Mosley Industry Champion award went to:
Jim & Carol Beazley – The Beazley House Bed & Breakfast, Napa


“The California Hotel & Lodging Association would like to congratulate our 2016 Stars of the Industry winners,” said CH&LA President & CEO Lynn Mohrfeld.  “I’d like to thank all of our winners and nominees 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