Industry People 9-30-2005

Saunders Puts Value on Education This year, the Saunders Hotel Group began a new program that will send children and grandchildren of hotel employees to Newbury College with a full four-year scholarship. Adiam Kiflom was the first recipient of the award. She will be studying at Newbury College’s S


Saunders Puts Value on Education

This year, the Saunders Hotel Group began a new program that will send children and grandchildren of hotel employees to Newbury College with a full four-year scholarship.
Adiam Kiflom was the first recipient of the award. She will be studying at Newbury College’s School of Business and Management this fall. Adiam is the daughter of Kiflom Tesfagioris, a bellman and doorman at the Lenox Hotel in Boston, Mass.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer to the children of our employees the opportunity to get a quality education for free,” said Jeff Saunders. “It’s also wonderful ... to broaden [our] relationship with Newbury College.”


Lewis Is New GM at ResortQuest

ResortQuest Hawaii (formerly Aston Hotels & Resorts) has named Deborah Lewis general manager of the ResortQuest Paki Maui. In her new position, she will be responsible for the management of the property and guest services.

Lewis has worked for ResortQuest for 14 years. She was previously the rooms division manager of ResortQuest Mahana at Kaanapali. Before that, she worked at five of the 28 ResortQuest Hawaii’s properties.


Shimizu Promoted at Starwood Hawaii

Sharon Shimizu has been appointed regional communications coordinator at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii. In her new role, she will assist in the coordination of regional public relations, advertising and promotional efforts for the 11 Starwood Hotels and Resorts of Hawaii as well as three Tahiti properties.

Shimizu started her career with Starwood in the regional sales and marketing department as an administrative assistant. Before becoming regional communications coordinator, Shimizu was the Asia sales manager.


Thull Deemed ‘Elite’

Lona Lee Thull of FriendlyCruises.com in Superstition Mountain, Ariz., has been designated an Elite Cruise Counselor by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Thull earned her certification after completing a comprehensive program of cruise sales training and product instruction, delivered through a combination of extensive classroom training and personal cruise experience. Founded in 1987, FriendlyCruises.com is one of more than 16,000 North American travel-agency members of CLIA.


Attendees Show Support

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) was inundated with well wishers at its booth at the La Cumbre -The Americas Summit trade show, held in Houston, Sept. 7-9. The NOCVB was met with a spontaneous outpouring of support as many of the show’s delegates wrote notes of condolences and good wishes that soon covered the walls of the organization’s booth.

NOCVB and Louisiana state officials joined the show in order to provide information about the status of tourism in New Orleans.

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