Stars of the Industry Award Nominations Form

Nominations for the WH&LA's Stars of the Industry Awards are now open.  Please submit your nominations for Innkeeper of the Year, Associate of the Year, and honor exemplary employees with the Spirit of Hospitality Award.  The nominations deadline is August 31, 2019.
2019 Corporate Champion & Innkeeper of the Year
WH&LA recognizes the complete commitment to lodging excellence with these two awards, open to all WH&LA member property general managers or owner/operators, regardless of property size. One individual, one couple or one set of family members from the same property will be selected from all completed entries to receive WH&LA’s highest honors. Judging criteria include ongoing involvement in WH&LA and the lodging industry, commitment to both the profession & the community, personal and/or property achievements, general leadership abilities, and human resource skills.

2019 Spirit of Hospitality Award Nomination
This award honors lodging employees who are exemplary role models of the true spirit of hospitality in Wisconsin. 

To recognize an employee for this award, send us a memorable story of how your employee has demonstrated an exceptional passion for hospitality at your property.  Limit one entry per property.  Owners, operators and general managers are not eligible for this award. 

Recognition will be given to each eligible employee via an invitation to attend the Recognition Luncheon at the Wisconsin Lodging Conference for a special rate, public recognition at the luncheon, certificate of achievement from WH&LA, and a special memento presented at the luncheon.  Spirit of Hospitality award winners are also eligible to be nominated for an AH&LA Stars of the Industry award.

2019 Associate of the Year Nomination
WH&LA honors a high degree of industry dedication & knowledge with this award, open to all current WH&LA associate members. One individual will be selected from all completed entries to receive WH&LA’s highest associate member honor. Judging criteria includes a proven track record of exceptional commitment & service to the industry, ongoing participation in WH&LA, personal and/or company achievements and general leadership abilities.

Nomination Rules
All nominees must be employed by a current WH&LA member.  An official nomination form must be submitted for each nominee.  Once WH&LA receives a nomination, staff will notify the nominee by forwarding a 2019 official entry form, which notes the award's judging criteria and entry materials needed for judging committee review.  Judging will be performed by the WH&LA Awards Committee.  All submitted materials become the property of WH&LA and will not be returned.  In fairness to all candidates, no deadline extensions will be permitted.  Questions?  Contact Monica Goeke in the WH&LA office by email at or call 262/782-2851.