Local residents named “Stars of the Industry” by the RI Hospitality Association at 29th Annual Awards Ceremony

The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) recently honored Newport and Middletown residents at its “Stars of the Industry” Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at Twin River Casino Hotel.

The Stars of the Industry Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of members of the hospitality, foodservice and tourism industries. Award recipients are nominated by their peers, managers or customers and were chosen not only for their dedication and contributions to their careers, but for their involvement in their local communities.

“It’s an honor to congratulate this year’s Stars of the Industry winners for their hard work and dedication to our industry,” said Dale J. Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “With more than 80,000 Rhode Islanders working in the hospitality industry, each person plays an important role in our success and helps us to remain a cornerstone of the state’s economy.”

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Newport Stars of the Industry award recipients include:

NAMEBUSINESS AWARD
Lindsay C. Chapin Newport Hospitality, Inc. a DMC Network CompanyTourism Employee of the Year
Rob FreebornGurney’s Newport Resort & MarinaRestaurant Employee of the Year
Christina MercadoGrace Vanderbilt HotelBartender of the Year
Alex Hurd, CMPDiscover NewportTourism Employee of the Year
Melissa CicillineSpaFjor at the Hotel VikingHotel Employee of the Year
Deborah L. LoglerMarriott NewportHotel Employee of the Year
Flor M. Pleitez RomeroMarriott NewportHotel Employee of the Year
Marleny RodriguezGurney’s Newport Resort & MarinaHotel Employee of the Year
Ray SchneiderMarriott NewportHotel Employee of the Year
Meghan O’NeilThe Preservation Society of Newport CountyEmerging Leader of the Year
Raymond P. RoyThe Preservation Society of Newport CountyTourism Employee of the Year

Middletown Stars of the Industry award recipients include:

NAMEBUSINESS AWARD
John AllanGurney’s Newport Resort & MarinaHotel Employee of the Year
Natalie P. ManningDiscover NewportTourism Employee of the Year
Deb LeeBlackstone Caterers Catering Employee of the Year
Tom DesmondBrick Alley Pub & RestaurantLifetime Achievement Award
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