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Atlanta, GA (July 7, 2015): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) today announced the formation of The Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. The award is named in honor of Lori Raleigh, founder of The Travers Group, who served as the Executive Director of ISHC from 2000 to 2013.
“Lori Raleigh is the consummate hospitality consultant and a huge proponent of fostering the next generation, making her the perfect embodiment of an award recognizing new and emerging talent in our industry,” said Award Committee Chair Kristie Dickinson, senior vice president, CHMWarnick. “This honors both her contributions to the society and her unwavering commitment to educating and mentoring young hospitality professionals.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the inaugural award, which will be presented at the ISHC Annual Conference 22-24 October 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The award winner will have the opportunity to attend the invitation only event and to become an Associate Member with the Society. The deadline for submissions is 5 August 2015 midnight GMT.
Candidates for The Lori Raleigh Award must be 35 years of age or younger and have five years experience in a hospitality-related field with a minimum of three years of specific hospitality consulting experience. They must also be recognized by leaders within their company or other industry constituent familiar with their work as an exceptional example of a future leader within the field of hospitality consulting. At the time of nomination a candidate must be working for a company that provides third party consulting or advisory services to the hospitality industry and be actively involved or responsible for providing advisory services to clients of the firm (e.g., hospitality consulting firms, third party asset managers, architects, designers, food and beverage consultants, hospitality lawyers, purchasing companies, etc.).
As a long-time advocate for continuing education in the hospitality consulting field, Raleigh has contributed to two of the industry’s most influential texts. She is the co-author of Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives, currently in its fifth edition, and co-editor and contributing author of ‘Hotel Asset Management: Principles and Practices,’ currently in its third edition. Raleigh is a big proponent of supporting emerging talent and is perhaps best known for her collaborative, creative and enthusiastic leadership legacy, making a positive impact on the hospitality industry.
For more information on The Lori Raleigh Award and to download the nomination form, please visit www.ishc.com/awards.
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at www.ishc.com.