With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, senior leaders at Radisson Hotel Group Americas
felt it was more important than ever to celebrate hotel owners and team members and their exceptional efforts and achievements throughout 2020. The Radisson Hotel Group Americas Awards Ceremony is typically held during the company’s annual Americas Business Conference, which was cancelled this year to maintain the safety of all attendees, but this didn’t stop the celebration! Instead, senior leaders brought the Awards Ceremony directly to hotel teams by going virtual.
The event was open for all hotel and corporate team members to watch and participate in the fun. The star-studded ceremony included virtual appearances and congratulations by Chip Rogers, AHLA president and chief executive officer; and Biran Patel, AAHOA chairman. During the event on March 24, Radisson Hotel Group Americas leaders gave out more than 50 awards to the best and brightest in the system. Categories included New Hotel of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Developer of the Year, General Manager of the Year, and Employee of the Year. In addition to being applauded for their efforts, winners of the coveted Employee of the Year award walked away with one million Radisson Rewards points and other fabulous gifts.
“Celebrating and honoring hotel owners and team members is extremely important to Radisson Hotel Group Americas. These people are the ones making a difference in the lives of their guests and serving as the heart of their community,” said Jim Alderman, chief executive officer, Radisson Hotel Group Americas. “The individuals recognized have shown the world the true meaning of hospitality and what real strength looks like in uncertain times. After reading through hundreds of award nominations, I am truly inspired and reminded how wonderful human beings can be when called to selflessly help their friends and neighbors.”
With so many hotel team members and owners stepping up over the past year to help those in need, Radisson Hotel Group Americas added four new Responsible Business awards to the ceremony to recognize exceptional heroes. The RHG Americas Hero Award sponsored by the American Red Cross, was presented to Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. The hotel hosted 10 blood drives in 10 months and collected enough blood to save up to 1,600 lives. Sara Sensabaugh, general manager of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lexington, Virginia, was also recognized with an RHG Americas Hero Award. Sensabaugh played an integral role in helping a homeless guest rebuild her life and pursue her dream career. The First Responder Award winner was Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport for hosting 150 nurses and showering them with gifts, meals, and a warm home away from home during their stay. Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel was recognized with the Support Youth Award for donating accommodations for doctors and communicators who attended the annual Telethon Foundation. This television event raises money and awareness to assist children with neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities. Lastly, the Fight Hunger Award was granted to Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo for helping a local nonprofit men’s shelter that assists with housing, medical and mental health care, and social work. The hotel opened its doors and provided comfortable accommodations for nearly 100 men who needed a warm place to stay.
During the awards ceremony, Radisson Hotel Group Americas’ fantastic suppliers were also recognized. Both Kimball and Klem were awarded Suppliers of the Year for their responsiveness, service, value, and solutions during the most challenging year on record for the hospitality industry. The Responsible Business Supplier Award went to Sysco Corporation for partnering with more than 900 community organizations around the world to package and deliver a total of 30 million meals in the fight against hunger. Mark Abramovitz was honored with the Supplier Representative of the Year Award for providing alternative solutions for key high-demand COVID-19 related supplies, shipping multiple orders at no cost to hotels, and lowering margins knowing hotel budgets were stressed. Lastly, the winner of the Small Business Supplier of the Year Award was Supply Logic for working around the clock to help the company successfully rollout the Radisson Hotels Americas Safety Protocol program. The generosity of EcoLab, HD Supply, Guest Supply, Manchester Mills, Cintas, Charter, Serta Simmons, Artline, Supply Logic, and Cuisinart played a key role in making this virtual awards ceremony come to life.
Radisson Hotel Group Americas is planning to celebrate hotel owners and team members next year in-person during the Americas Business Conference. The Radisson Hotel Group Americas Business Conference will take place February 21-24, 2022 at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.