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How are the SOTI winners chosen?

The 9th Annual Stars of the Industry Hospitality Awards Gala (SOTI) will take place on October 17 at Mandalay Bay.  The highly anticipated event brings hundreds of industry leaders and team members together in celebration of the “best of the best” in the industry.  SOTI is the only event of its type where nominees are submitted in each division of a hotel and honored throughout the evening. The SOTI winners are not announced until the awards ceremony; all nominees are super stars and highly appreciated.

NHLA staff is often asked how the winners are selected.  The process involves an open window of time where nominations can be submitted online until the deadline.  After the deadline, the nominations are summarized on a huge report and sent to a pre-established voting committee.  A conference call is set for a week after that where NHLA President Diane Gandy facilitates the process with the voting committee members.

Every nomination is carefully reviewed.  Based on the criteria submitted, a winner is chosen for each category.  This is not easy as every nominee is extra special and deserving but only one recipient is allowed for each category.

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SOTI winners

The list of winners is kept top secret until the night of the gala.  The awards are ordered and the program is designed.  The program lists every nominee and the slide show also shows each nominee.  This gives everyone the chance to recognize and thank these extraordinary people in providing exceptional service for our industry.

Management at each company typically reserves tables or tickets for their nominees and supervisors to attend the event and join in the celebratory activities.

After the dinner and activities have concluded, the award ceremony begins.  Each winner is called to the stage individually to receive their awards.  Our photographer takes wonderful pictures that are later posted on Facebook.  This is a memorable evening for everyone.

Join us in honoring the 2019 SOTI winners and nominees

This year’s SOTI winners and attendees will have so much fun at the gala enjoying the new program activities and special guests on the agenda.  Don’t miss it.  Buy tickets and help celebrate the success of all these deserving industry professionals!

Stars of the Industry

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NEW: Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation

NHLA has formed a separate entity: The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation. The foundation is aligned with the goals and vision of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. The mission is to grant scholarships for education, certifications and training programs to eligible persons seeking to enter or advance within the hospitality industry in Nevada. Learn more.