Lifetime Awards

The Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing and the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations awards recognize individuals who have spent a major portion of their careers in the hospitality and travel profession and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a significant and lasting way, over an extended period of time.

Nominations Are Open For The 2019 Awards

2018 honorees:

Harris Rosen, President and CEO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts: Albert E. Koehl Award for Hospitality Marketing
As President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Harris Rosen is Florida’s largest independent hotelier. Founded in 1974, Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently features a collection of nine Central Florida hotels providing 6,694 guestrooms—approximately six percent of the Central Florida inventory. Rosen was an innovator and renegade in hotel pricing in Orlando in the 1970’s and 1980’s. An impassioned philanthropist, Rosen donated a 20-acre site at the foot of Rosen Shingle Creek and $10 million to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to develop the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Steve Bartolin, Chairman of The Broadmoor: Winthrop W. Grice Award for Public Relations
Steve Bartolin served as President and CEO of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for 24 years. In 2015, Steve was named Chairman of The Broadmoor and its related businesses which include The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp, Seven Falls, The Broadmoor Fishing Camp, The Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and Broadmoor Development Company. Under Bartolin’s stewardship, The Broadmoor has been the longest-running consecutive winner of both the prestigious AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards. The resort also received numerous awards for exceptional customer service.

Stephen Powell: Inaugural HSMAI Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Sales
Stephen Powell’s 40-year career in the sales and marketing industry included positions in corporate management as well as on-property with InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Loews Hotels, and Fairmont Hotels. His innovative marketing and sales strategies were supported by the integration of advertising, promotions, channel management, call centers, offshoring, and direct sales.


Committee Chair
Gary Leopold, CHME
CP Travel/Connelly Partners

Peggy Bendel
Bendel Communications International

Melinda Bush, CHA
President & CEO
HRW Holdings/Hospitality Resources Worldwide, LLC

Lou Hammond
Lou Hammond & Associates

Michael Leven, CHME

Roger Dow
President & CEO
U.S. Travel Association

Rene Mack

Gordon Lambourne
VP, Communications
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson Public Relations

John J. Russell, Jr., CHME
Sentry Hospitality

Barbara Talbott
Founder & CEO
GlenLarkin Advisors

Peter Warren , CHME

Peter Yesawich, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman
MMGY Global

David Kong
President & CEO
Best Western International

Richard S. Kahn
President, KTCpr

Melanie Brandman
CEO, The Brandman Agency