Stars of the Industry Awards Program

2024  Stars of the Industry Awards Nominations will open in April 2024!


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Your property’s OHLA membership provides access to one of our most valuable benefits for your organization and your team members—the Stars of the Industry Awards program. 

OHLA’s Star Awards give you an easy, free way to provide prestigious recognition to your employees. Awards and recognition opportunities are an important part of validating, thanking, encouraging, and retaining your best performers and boosting morale within your staff. Experts agree that adding industry recognition to your employee programs can help improve team culture, increase performance, and even reduce turnover. 

Taking a few minutes to complete the streamlined nomination form online will automatically recognize your candidates as nominees, making them eligible for local, statewide, and even national recognition. 

Will you help us recognize our industry’s best by nominating candidates from your property?


How do you nominate?

1) Select 'Nominate Here'

2) Use your existing account OR create a new account - you will be directed to the nomination form

3) Fill out the form & submit it for review. 

4) Wait for a confirmation email - It's as simple as that!

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OHLA awards include a luncheon event recognizing all nominees and local winners in the late summer, followed by the statewide awards at the OHLA Annual Conference in November. Statewide winners are eligible for national recognition.


Stars of the Industry Awards Helpful Hints

  • First, choose the link that best fits your service designation - Full Service or Select, Economy, Limited.
  • Next, choose the category in which your nominee best fits.

Have you ever wondered –Where does this employee fit best?  

  1. First Note which department they work in
  2. Whether they are management or non-management

*Please note there will only be ONE WINNER for each city for the Service Superstar, Sales Leader, Hospitality Leadership Team, and Community Involvement categories!


Industry Stars

Service Superstar of the Year (non-management)*

HSMAI Sales Leader of the Year - presented by HSMAI-Ohio Chapter*

Hospitality Leadership Team of the Year*

Charitable & Community Involvement Award*

Unique Lodging of Ohio Property of the Year


Full Service Category

Engineer of the Year

Front Desk Associate of the Year (non-management)

General Manager of the Year

Housekeeper of the Year (non-management)

Server of the Year (non-management)

Supervisor/Manager of the Year


Select, Economy, Limited-Service Category

Breakfast or Reception Attendant/Host of the Year  (non-management)

Housekeeper of the Year  (non-management)

Front Desk Associate of the Year  (non-management)

Engineer of the Year

Jack of All Trades Award

General Manager of the Year


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