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FREEPORT, Maine — The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) honored industry members at the 90th Annual Meeting and Conference held at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland November 7th- 8th, 2011. Innkeepers attended two days of educational seminars, which culminated in an awards dinner recognizing the achievements of industry members.

“Many of our members are actively involved in supporting both their communities and the industry,” stated MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. “This year we are very pleased to honor the accomplishments of seven exceptional individuals who have contributed their time and expertise to the hospitality industry.”

2011 Innkeeper of the Year was awarded to Jean Ginn Marvin, owner and Innkeeper of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. The award was presented by Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort, who stated that the well deserved recognition was going to an Innkeeper whose involvement in the hospitality industry was legendary. Marvin served in the Maine State Legislature where she represented both the interests of the lodging industry and her community. Marvin has served on the Executive Committee of the Maine Innkeepers Association, as well as the board of New England Inns and Resorts. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Council at SMCC, was a former Town Councilor in Cape Elizabeth and has been a member of several Cape Elizabeth town commissions.

Allied Member of the Year was awarded to Tom Tobiassen of Nelson and Small, a nationally recognized appliance distributor. Tobiassen was honored for his generous and long time support for the association and its members providing scholarship funding for hospitality students, and annual support for the Hospitably Golf Classic.

Special Service Award was presented to James Erwin of Pierce Atwood by MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. Pierce Atwood was recognized for their ongoing assistance to the hospitality industry, and James Erwin individually for hours of volunteer work generously donated to industry issues.

Community Service Award was presented to Gail Phillips of Village by the Sea, by Alvion Kimball of the Orland House B&B in Orland. For the past three years Phillips and her staff have been the top leaders in raising funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine through the Maine Innkeepers annual Hospitality for Habitat program.

Hall of Fame Award was awarded to Angela and Arthur LeBlanc, by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. Former owners of the Kennebunk Inn, and Sea Scapes Restaurant in Cape Porpoise, the LeBlanc’s were honored as consummate hoteliers and restaurateurs. Angela LeBlanc served as a past MEIA president and raised the profile of the Association’s scholarship program during her tenure.

President’s Award was awarded to Woody Woodward of Highland Lake Resort in Bridgton. Woodward was recognized for the humor he brings to the many boards on which he serves, and for past leadership to the MEIA board and the lodging industry in general.

Photo: Jean Ginn Marvin of the Nonantum Resort accepts the 2011 Innkeeper of the Year Award from Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort at the 90th Maine Innkeepers Association Annual Meeting.

About the Maine Innkeepers Association
The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Greg Dugal

Telephone Number: (207)865-6100

Website: http://maineinns.com

Email: greg@maineinns.com