2023 Night of a Thousand Stars Gala

In January 2023, the AHLA Foundation raised a record $1.2 million at its 5th annual gala to celebrate winners and up and coming hospitality super stars, while raising funds to support the AHLA Foundation programs that are helping the industry recruit and retain the “stars” of tomorrow. Throughout the evening, industry leaders commemorated the 2023 Stars of the Industry Award winners and the individuals that embody the spirit of hospitality, while raising critical funds to support Foundation programs.

The 2023 Stars of the Industry winners were honored for their service to the industry:

North Star Award Winner:

Sandra Hudgins, Laundry Attendant, Sonesta Select Chattanooga at Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, TN

Other North Star Award Finalists:

Azhar Mushtaq, Task Force Manager, Extended Stay America, Charlotte, NC

Oreste (Rusty) Pinera, Overnight Operations Manager, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL

Outstanding General Manager of the Year (Full Service):

Katie Ward, Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport, Bloomington, MN

Outstanding General Manager of the Year (Select Service):

Harold Daniels, Travelodge by WH, Memphis, TN

Paving The Way Award:

Rachel Moniz, Principal & Chief Operating Officer, HEI Hotels & Resorts, Norwalk, CO

Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year:

Madelyn Dingam, Marketing Manager, Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick, ME

The Shining Star Award:

Staff of the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport for their work combating human trafficking.

Highlight Reel: 2023 Night of a Thousand Stars

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