Julie Wernick, HSMAInsider
In a 27-year summertime tradition, the South Florida chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) welcomed more than 130 South Florida tourism industry members for its annual gala and charity auction, this year benefiting PACE Center for Girls Broward.
A highlight of the event, held at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Piertop, was the presentation of the 2010 Hospitality Legend of the Year Award to Jerry Faber, longtime president of Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises and tourism pioneer.
The Hospitality Legend of the Year award is given for outstanding contributions to the local tourism/hospitality industry. Jerry Faber has been an active and enthusiastic tourism supporter over the years, holding leadership roles and board positions with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Marketing Advisory Committee, Beach Council, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Barnett Bank Board of Directors, and many other tourism-related boards and activities. Jerry has generously supported many charitable organizations and presently serves on the Board of Directors for P.A.C.E. Center for Girls. Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and continues to be a Fort Lauderdale tradition.
Other awards presented:
General Manager of the Year: Anthony Franzone, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Revenue Manager of the Year: Chris Crenshaw, Loews Hotel Miami Beach
Sales & Marketing Professional of the Year: Ellen Serra, Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port, Fort Lauderdale
HSMAI-South Florida Sponsor of the Year: Jay Guttveg, Creative Focus Photography
HSMAI-South Florida Rising Star on the Board: Donna McCarthy, Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
HSMAI-South Florida Lifetime Achievement on the Board: Linda Sue Marsh, Days Inn Bahia Cabana
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Written by Michael Del Gigante