AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards 

Nominations speak louder than words     

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The AH&LA Stars of the Industry awards program was created more than 40 years ago to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. While the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same — to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry. 

Many of AH&LA's partner state associations also recognize their state's best and brightest stars on the local level.

These state winners will be considered for the national honor, and applications will only be accepted if submitted by the state association.  If your partner state association has a program, your entries must be submitted through them.  

Some partner states offer award programs that correspond with only some national honors. See below to determine if your state has a Stars of the Industry awards program, and to see how you can apply for each AH&LA national honor.  


Click here for a complete list of the 2014 AH&LA Stars of the Industry Award winners.  

Nominations for the 2015 Stars of the Industry Awards will open in late summer/early fall. 

Entry Information:

All AH&LA student members, member properties, and employee members are eligible to submit an entry. Nonmembers will not be considered. For inquiries about your AH&LA membership status please contact Member Services at membership@ahla.com or (202) 289-3100. If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit our membership section.

Once you have determined if your State awards the honor on a state level, and have confirmed you are a current member of AH&LA  please see all of the detailed award category descriptions below. 

The awards in each category are given based on property size. Size distinctions are small (150 rooms or less), medium (151-300 rooms), or large (301 rooms or more). The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader Award & WIL Connect Leader of the Year are open to all employees of AH&LA member companies (both property and corporate members). The Student Member and Student Chapter awards are open to all current student members and chapters.

Use one form per entry and submit only one entry per category. All work referred to in the nomination must have been completed in calendar year 2012-2013.

Video and audio clips will not be accepted. Attachments may not exceed 10 pages. 

For complete information on the nomination process and award categories, click here to view the 2013-2014 Stars of the Industry Awards brochure.



AH&LA Employee Awards categories:  

  • Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year 
  • Outstanding Manager of the Year 
  • Outstanding General Manager of the Year 
  • Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year 
  • WIL Connect Leader of the Year 

AH&LA Lodging Property Achievement Awards categories:  

  • Community service 
  • Good Earthkeeping 
  • Guest services 
  • Special events — Ongoing and One-time Only 
  • Technology Innovation of the Year 

AH&LA Student Awards categories:

• Student Chapter of the Year
• Student Member of the Year 


For specific questions, contact Lauren Pravlik at lpravlik@ahla.com or (202) 289-3116.