The evening’s premier accolade, the North Star Award, which recognizes someone who demonstrates leadership and extraordinary devotion to this industry, was presented to James “Jimbo” Leahy, Door Attendant, Boston Marriott Long Wharf, who has dedicated his life and career to Marriott and his city of Boston. Known for his warm smile and thoughtful leadership, his love of his property is palpable, working extra hours to support his team over the past year and going above and beyond to make his guests and team feel special and appreciated every day.
“The Stars of the Industry Awards honor special individuals who have supported their coworkers and their communities by going beyond the call of duty despite an unprecedented year for the hotel industry,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “The women and men recognized at this event embody the true spirit of hospitality, going above and beyond for their guests and our hotels like never before. Their stories will tug heartstrings and we are proud to know them.”
The award ceremony featured remarks from AHLA's Officers of the Board and other industry leaders. The hotel industry will continue to celebrate the industry’s greatest resources – its people – at the AHLA Foundation’s Night of a Thousand Stars Gala, the Foundation’s premier fundraiser, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles on July 25, 2021.
AHLA’s 2020 Stars of the Industry winners are listed below.