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Hospitality’s Highest Honors

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is the world’s largest regional hotel association.

Hospitality’s Highest Honors

On December 15, 2018 the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) hosted its annual Hospitality Gala at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. This black tie dinner featured 1,400 hospitality executives, community partners and elected officials. During this end-of-year celebration, CFHLA presented its most prestigious annual awards.

The Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award for Community Leadership honors one leader for their personal contributions to the Central Florida community and the regional hospitality industry. This year’s recipient was Phil Brown, CEO, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. He was selected as this year’s Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award Honoree for his role in enhancing Central Florida’s hospitality industry and community. Under his tenure, Orlando International Airport’s passenger traffic increased from 34.8 million in 2010 to 46+ million in 2018, making Orlando International Airport the “Busiest Airport in Florida.” As a result of the airport’s success, MCO provides $31 billion in economic impact to Central Florida.

Additionally, CFHLA presented the 2018 Members of the Year Awards.

Lodging Member of the Year Award
Mark Politte, DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Allied Member of the Year Award
Cindy Traenkner, Domino’s

Engineer of the Year Award
Mike Jueds, Hilton Orlando

CFHLA congratulates these distinguished 2018 honorees!

Pictured: CFHLA 2019 Incoming Board Chairman and General Manager of the Alfond Inn at Rollins, Jesse Martinez; CFHLA 2018 Board Chairman and General Manager of the Swan and Dolphin Resort, Fred Sawyers; 2018 Charles Andrews Honoree, Phil Brown, GOAA;, and CFHLA President/CEO, Rich Maladecki.

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