2022 Stars of the Industry Awards

The California Hotel & Lodging Association honored 11 hospitality leaders and four outstanding properties today during its annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala on November 17, 2022 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year

Miguel Lopez, Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley
Keith Defiebre, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey

Outstanding Manager of the Year

Natalie Salinas, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Dinuba
John Bernier, Hilton San Francisco and Parc 55 San Francisco

Outstanding General Manager of the Year

Kurt Bjorkman, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
Chris Sommers, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey
Younes Atallah, Loews Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica

HD Supply Housekeeping Award

Maria Medina, Best Western Plus Villa Del Lago Inn, Patterson
Mario Escobar, The Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

The Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year

Elisabeth Balourdas, Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito

WIL Connect Leader of the Year

Community Service

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection, Santa Cruz

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, San Jose

Good Earthkeeping

Argonaut Hotel San Francisco, San Francisco

Guest Relations

Magic Castle Hotel, Los Angeles
CHLA Partners