Kansas City CVA presents awards

Posted 05/02/2013

By KEVIN COLLISON
The Kansas City Star

On Thursday at its annual meeting, the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association honored several individuals and organizations contributing to the local hospitality industry.

About 600 people attended a luncheon at the Convention Center Grand Ballroom and were welcomed by Mayor Sly James. Nan Marchand Beauvois, senior director of the U.S. Travel Association, delivered the keynote speech. During the event, the organization distributed its annual Kansas City Hospitality Awards.

Keith Libeer, an employee of the Downtown Community Improvement District, received the Certified Tourism Ambassador Gold Star Award for his service to downtown visitors and residents. Libeer has worked for the district since 2004.

The Pistilli Service Excellence Award, which recognizes a hospitality manager who worked her way to the top, was given to Stephanie Hurla of the Ameristar Casino Hotel. Hurla started her career as a front desk clerk and now is director of hotel operations, overseeing 45 employees.

The Hometown Hero Award, which honors individuals and organizations helping to attract a meeting to Kansas City, went to the American Guild of Organists, which will bring its 2018 national convention here, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, which will hold its meeting here this fall.

The One KC Award went to H&R Block. The firm was honored for being the host of the KC Social Media Command Center during the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The command center processed 72,000 social media conversations.


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