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Ken Vandruff

Director of Communications





May 11, 2012

For immediate release

Wichita hotel industry honors employees for excellent service


(Wichita, Kan.) - For the second year, the Wichita Hotel/Lodging Committee presented its Stars of the Industry Awards honoring employees for outstanding service to visitors.

The awards were announced during the 2012 Go Wichita National Travel & Tourism Week Luncheon at Old Cowtown Museum Visitor Center on May 10, 2012.

The 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards were presented to:

  • Front Desk Agent - Michael Wilson, Wichita Inn North
  • Housekeeper - Heather Gaw, Hyatt Regency Wichita
  • Engineer - Omar Aguilera, La Quinta Inn & Suites Wichita East
  • Front of the House - Richard Gladney, SpringHill Suites by Marriott East at Plazzio
  • Manager - Talia Firestone, Courtyard by Marriott-Wichita at Old Town
  • Spirit of Hospitality - Wayne Wilson, Hyatt Regency Wichita.

 "We had a number of wonderful nominees this year and it made the selection committee's job extremely difficult," said Kim Madison, chair of the Wichita Hotel/Lodging Committee. "Across the city, our hotel employees understand that great customer service creates repeat visitors who go home with wonderful memories about Wichita."

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