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ARAMARK and Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture Win Seven Stars of the Industry Awards


Anchorage, Alaska  (March 29, 2010) > Six members of the ARAMARK Parks and Destinations and Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture team were recognized by the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards held February 27, 2010, in Anchorage: Bill Silas, Food and Beverage, Employee of the Year; John Allen, Guest Services Employee of the Year; Adam Ashley, Food and Beverage Manager of the Year; Sarah Rash, Guest Services Manager of the Year; Michael Brink, Housekeeping Manager of the Year; and Aaron Bohlke, Maintenance/Engineering and Security Manager of the Year. Additionally, the McKinley Chalet Resort was selected as the Outstanding Property of the Year.

“On behalf of Doyon, Limited and ARAMARK, we are extremely proud of these six professionals and the entire team at McKinley Chalet Resort,” said Bob Concienne, vice president of Alaska Operations for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. “I’m especially happy that so many of our operations in Alaska were represented by the winners.
It shows our collective commitment to excellence and reflects outstanding work on the part of all of our managers and associates.”

Each year, the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards program recognizes exceptional service and achievements in the hospitality industry. The awards honor star performers who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and celebrate employees and hotel properties that best symbolize the highest quality of service in the industry.

Bill Silas has been a dishwasher at the Morino Grill Restaurant in the Denali National Park Visitor Center Campus for the past three years. Bill is a Doyon shareholder who hails from Eagle Village, Alaska. For his outstanding work ethic and commitment to the team’s success, Bill was awarded “Food and Beverage Employee of the Year.”

John Allen is a bus driver in the Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, taking visitors into Denali National Park – something he’s done every summer for the past 25 years. For his outstanding work at making sure that everyone riding his bus experiences the trip of their lifetime while in the park, John was awarded “Guest Services Employee of the Year.”

Adam Ashley is food and beverage manager at McKinley Chalet Resort, 2009 being his first season in this position. He oversees four areas of the operation: the Nenana View Bar and Grille, a fine dining restaurant, the Courtyard Café, a casual buffet restaurant; the “Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater”; and most important to the staff, the employee dining hall. For his passionate commitment to customer service, and creating an exceptional experience for the guest, Adam was awarded “Food and Beverage Manager of the Year.”

Sarah Rash is retail operations manager for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations Alaska. She is instrumental in hiring, training, ordering product, supporting managers, working with vendors, and ensuring that we meet all our corporate retail goals. For her calm leadership and the high regard in which she is held by the retail staff, managers and hourly employees, Sarah was awarded “Guest Services Manager of the Year.”

Michael Brink is employee housing manager for McKinley Chalet Resort, which makes him the first ambassador for the more than 300 seasonal employees that come to reside on the McKinley Chalet property. His constant attention to detail with room repairs and upgrades has given Mike a sense of pride for the property that few can match. During the 2009 season, even in the face of stringent economic and cost-cutting moves, Mike successfully prepped all the rooms and had them ready to go for all incoming staff. Mike was awarded “Housekeeping Manager of the Year.”

Aaron Bohlke is maintenance manager for Glacier Bay Lodge, a 56 room wilderness lodge on the shores of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park. While solving maintenance issues with no hardware store in sight, Aaron and his co-workers diverted 70% of Glacier Bay’s waste streams from the Gustavus landfill and the waste was turned into compost or recycled For his McGyver-like solutions to maintenance challenges, his tireless efforts and going above and beyond all requests, Aaron was awarded “Maintenance/Engineering and Security Manager of the Year.”

The winners were announced at the annual Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards banquet on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. Forty awards were given that evening out of 151 nominations received by the association. Winners in each category will go on to compete in the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s annual Stars of the Industry Awards program.

About ARAMARK Parks and Destinations
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, a division of ARAMARK, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, specialty hotels, museums, and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations seeks to enhance the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational, and interpretive programs. For more information on ARAMARK Parks and Destinations and each of its properties, visit www.aramarkparksanddestinations.com.

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, operator of bus tours, park shuttles, food and beverage outlets, campground and retail outlets within Denali National Park, is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.
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