Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans wins Hospitality Management award

April 22 2010 | Latest News
Hospitality Management Corporation Hosts Annual GM/DOS Conferences

Award-winning GMs: L to R: Terri Kullerd, Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport; Peter Ambros, Astor Crowne Plaza; Jutea Ballard, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites; Donna StaTeresa, Holiday Inn Express Austin N.

The Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans was the setting for Hospitality Management Corporation’s (HMC) annual General Managers and DOS Conferences for their managed properties on April 12-14, 2010. The 3-day event included a golf tournament, and two days of conference sessions.

Conference speakers included Randy McCaslan - PKF; Gary Cook – ING Financial Advisors; Jim Stover—AJ Gallagher; Richard Crooks—PrototypeIT; Christine Robbins—5G Studios; and Maryellen Ferring – UpSell Training. Presentation topics included Hotel Security, Mentoring, eMail and Social Media Marketing, and Successful Forecasting.

A session that was especially enjoyed was a food preparation “Iron Chef” competition directed by Executive Chef Gaetan Croisier of the Astor Crowne Plaza. A Town Hall Meeting gave the attendees the opportunity to ask questions of HMC officers and corporate staff, and discuss pertinent issues. The entire conference was highlighted with the “flavor” of authentic New Orleans hospitality, food, and entertainment.

Awards were presented to HMC’s outstanding properties for 2009 at a gala banquet and awards ceremony on the last evening of the conferences:

* The award for HMC’s Full-Service Property of the Year was won by the Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, and was accepted by Peter Ambros, the hotel’s general manager, and Don Zimmer, the director of sales.
* The Select-Service Property of the Year award was presented to the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites in Fredericksburg, TX, and accepted by Jutea Ballard, GM, and Donna Herrera, DOS.
* Additional awards for 2009 were presented to the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport, the Radisson Penn Harris, and the Holiday Inn Express Austin-N.

Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC), founded in 1971, is a privately owned independent management company, and is one of the oldest independent hotel management firms in the lodging industry. For over three decades, HMC has provided hotel management services for third party institutional and private owners. The company’s headquarters has been located in Dallas, Texas since its inception. For more information on HMC, please visit our website at