Awards Given by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association – Congrats to the winners!

PRESS RELEASE

Date: December 3, 2015

HOSPITALITY SALES & MARKETING ASSOCIATION (HSMAI)

RECOGNIZES HEIKO DOBRIKOW, GENERAL MANAGER OF RIVERSIDE HOTEL, FORT LAUDERDALE
AT 32ND ANNUAL HOSPITALITY AWARDS GALA

Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 3, 2015 – In its 32nd year, the South Florida chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) welcomed South Florida tourism industry members for its annual hospitality industry awards gala, benefiting its college scholarship program.

A highlight of the event, held at the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, was the presentation of the 2015 “Hospitality Legend of the Year” Award to Heiko Dobrikow, Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale.

Heiko Dobrikow is a seasoned hotelier of over 30 years and business professional with extensive experience in all areas of the property & asset management. He provides advisory support and solutions for the development of successful management teams, revenue optimization, service excellence and employee satisfaction.

Dobrikow’s community involvement includes: 2016 Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair & Past President of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – Broward Chapter, current Board Member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, current Executive Committee Member of the Winterfest Boat Parade, past Executive Committee Member of the Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association, plus Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, the Rotacyclists Florida, an Ambassador for the Salvation Army and the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Heiko has been recognized as South Florida General Manager of the Year (HSMAI), Chairman’s Award (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce) and Broward’s Best Leaders Award (South Florida Executive magazine).

Additional Hospitality Awards presented:
General Manager of the Year: Brett Orlando, Commune Hotels & Resorts

Sales & Marketing Professional of the Year: Gregg Karasik, SLS Hotels
Revenue Manager of the Year: Rajneel Conhyea, 1 Hotel South Beach
HSMAI South Florida President’s Award: Irena Vareskic, roomlia
HSMAI South Florida Rising Star: Shannon Dilworth, Cooper Hotels
HSMAI South Florida Lifetime Achievement: Diana Schloss, Orbitz

Proceeds from the annual HSMAI Gala support the Dr. Peter Ricci Honorary Scholarship fund for students enrolled in Hospitality programs in accredited South Florida universities. This year’s scholarship recipient was Mikhail Guseynov from Florida Atlantic University.

HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) is the largest international association of tourism sales and marketing professionals dedicated to enhancing skills in the hospitality industry through education. For more information on the South Florida Chapter and to become a member, Visit hsmaisouthflorida

Photos and captions on Page 2-4 (all photos courtesy of Smile Event Photography)

Contact: Irena Vareskic

321-356-1240,

ivareskic

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HIGH RES, LARGE PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dd179xda62g2r4a/AABTRT5XlN5u6KSJVhawnRl-a?dl=0

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