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North Star Award: Lodging Employee of the Year 
Nominate your property’s superstar to get the spotlight they deserve on our industry’s biggest stage. We want to hear about the very best of the unsung heroes and the people who drive our industry every single day to make it extraordinary. This employee goes above and beyond their daily tasks, makes guests feel special, is always willing to give an extra hand to,  and is strongly engaged with the local community. Your candidate’s nomination should showcase their passion for hospitality and demonstrate their unwavering commitment to the property and community. General Managers are not eligible to receive the North Star Award.

The top three finalist of this category will be flown to our Night of a Thousand Stars Gala in Los Angeles California where the winner of the award will be announced on stage.

General Manager of the Year 
The finest hoteliers see the big picture while also looking after all the small details that make their vision a reality. These individuals have risen through the ranks and come to exemplify all the best attributes of our industry. They are managers who reach out to guests, inspire employees and extend themselves to the broader community. Awards will be given to Full-Service Properties and Select-Service Properties.

Unsure which cateogry your property falls? Full-Serivce hotels offer guests services such as turn-down, deliveries, room serive, and additional amenities. Selected-Service hotels offer accomodations for the evening. Please contact Blake Waravdekar (bwaravdekar@ahla.com) for informatoin regarding the categorization of your proprety. 

Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year 

Our industry’s best ideas come from those who see the world with fresh eyes. This award, named in honor of Stevan Porter, former president of the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group, recognizes emerging leaders around us, those that energize the industry and inspire those around them to be their best selves. Do you work with an exemplary young professional under 30 who exhibits these traits? Share their industry story and the motivating factors behind their dedication and work ethic. 

Paving the Way Award (Recognizing Female Trailblazers)
It’s time to recognize the amazing women of our industry. This award honors a woman who is more than a leader. She’s also a role model in the community and a mentor who is committed to raising up those around her. Her reach extends beyond the day-to-day and resonates through the property, industry and community. Nominate the woman who is a shining example of all that can be accomplished in our industry, share stories about her outstanding leadership qualities, noteworthy accomplishments, volunteering, and personal achievements.

*All award winners and finalists will be flown out to Los Angeles, California for our Night of a Thousand Stars Gala in January of 2023. Flights and a two-night accommodation will be covered by AHLA.

Click here for nomination criteria.