Lifetime Achivements awards

The Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing and the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations awards recognize individuals who have spent a major portion of their careers in the hospitality and travel profession and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a significant and lasting way, over an extended period of time. The 2016 honorees will be announced soon and honored at the Adrian Awards Gala, February 21, 2017.

2015 Honorees:

 George Aguel, President and CEO of Visit Orlando, is the 2015 Albert E. Koehl Award winner for lifetime achievement in hospitality marketing. Aguel has more than 35 years of executive-level experience in sales/services/operations and marketing. Prior to Visit Orlando, he served as senior vice president of Global Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants at The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA. where he led worldwide management for the company’s strategic corporate partnership agreements across all business units of the company. Throughout his 23 years with the company, Aguel also served as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Prior to Disney, Aguel was the Senior Sales and Marketing Officer for Gaylord/Opryland in Nashville. 

 Gordon Lambourne, Senior Vice President, Consumer Public Relations, Marriott International, Inc. is the 2015 recipient of the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations. Since starting his career at Marriott, Lambourne has played key public relations roles in many of the company’s most transformative moments, including the introductions of several brands, the acquisitions of The Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance brands, launch of Marriott Rewards, crisis management during Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, and sponsorship of the Children’s Miracle Network.In addition, Lambourne helped establish the company’s in-house continent-based PR network which includes offices in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.


Albert E. Koehl & Winthrop W. Grice Selection Committee:

Committee Chair
Gary Leopold, CHME
Neil Ostergren, CHME
Hospitality Marketing Consultant
Peggy Bendel
Bendel Communications International
John J. Russell, Jr., CHME
Sentry Hospitality
Melinda Bush, CHA
President & CEO
HRW Holdings/Hospitality Resources Worldwide, LLC
Barbara Talbott
Founder & CEO
GlenLarkin Advisors
Lou Hammond
Lou Hammond & Associates
Peter Warren
NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Advisory Board
Michael Leven
President & COO
Las Vegas Sands Corporation        
Peter Yesawich, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman 
MMGY Global 
Irma Fisher Mann
Founder and President
IRMA, Inc.

David Kong
President & CEO
Best Western International            

Roger Dow
President & CEO
U.S. Travel Association
Rene Mack

Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson Public Relations