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Dear GMBHA Members & Partners,
We hope your Labor Day weekend was enjoyable.
Last week we celebrated Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean, Alumni Relations, E.M. Statler Professor, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt., 90th Birthday at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel! In honor of Rocco and his passion for alumni and the Chaplin School community, fellow alumnus John McKibbon '75 announced a transformation $5 million gift which will establish an alumni center, new tech-focused programming, and scholarships. If you would still like to leave a gift in support of Rocco M. Angelo Legacy in Leadership Endowment which supports student scholarships, please visit Congratulations Rocco!
Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; William Contreras and Ericka Nelson, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Director of Hotel Operations, Florida
GMBHA Highlight:
I attended an evening reception at the EPIC Hotel last month. As I entered the hotel, I was greeted by hotel employee William Contreras who held the door open for me. Even though we had on masks, we were able to make pleasant eye contact. Shortly after.. at the event I was approached by a manager who told me that William found my wallet on the ground at valet and to go to front desk to retrieve it. Unbeknownst to me, I went to the lobby and was greeted again by William. He was so happy to see me and told me he was not only an Inn Key nominee but also an Inn Key Winner!
William, you made my day and also a reminder of how incredible our hotel employees are!
We would like to thank our hotel partners for their ongoing contributions to Haiti Earthquake Relief in partnership with Food for the Poor. Please see flyer for more information on how you can help.
For those of you who have not RSVP’d to our fabulous celebration of 30 years on the 30th of September… our Academy of Hospitality and Tourism’s “Tourism Professional of the Year” we still have a few tables left and please see below evite to attend. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO
Greater Miami and
The Beaches Hotel Association
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