The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is the world’s largest regional hotel association.
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its annual Golden Pineapple Awards Dinner on Jan. 26, 2017 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. This Academy Awards-style event recognized lodging employees with a VIP reception, featuring City of Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer, followed by dinner and award presentations. FOX 35’s Tom Johnson served as the emcee of the evening and awards were presented by CFHLA President/CEO Rich Maladecki.
This activity recognizes hospitality’s front line employees for exemplary service and customer satisfaction. Over 275 nominations were received from Central Florida lodging establishments. In addition, 12 family member scholarships were awarded to deserving students.
The employees of the year were recognized in thirteen categories.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek/Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Back Office Employee of the Year
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Bell Person/Concierge Employee of the Year
Sheraton Vistana Resort
Community Service Employee of the Year
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Convention Center/Banquet Employee of the Year
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Culinary Employee of the Year
Avanti Resort Orlando
Engineering Employee of the Year
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Food & Beverage Service Employee of the Year
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Front Office Employee of the Year
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Housekeeping Employee of the Year
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Laundry Employee of the Year
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Disney Springs Resort Area
Recreational Employee of the Year
Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal
Security/Loss Prevention Employee of the Year
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Steward/Dishwasher Employee of the Year