Auburn, New York Hotelier Wins Pinnacle Award


AUBURN, NY – March 10, 2014 – Emerald Hospitality Associates is pleased to announce Eric Ridley, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, New York, is the recipient of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association’s (NYSH&TA) 2014 Pinnacle Award. Ridley was announced as the winner of the award on Monday, March 3rd, at the Association’s 21st annual Stars of the Industry Gala and Awards Banquet, which was held at the Albany Marriott.

The Stars of the Industry awards program honors employees of the hotels, motels and tourism-related businesses throughout the state who best represent the quality service and spirit of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Every year on the night of the gala the Pinnacle award is announced and is given to a person who epitomizes continued contributions, and dedication to the industry. The award was created in honor of a former NYSH&TA Chairman of the Board, Louis N. Ventresca.

“Eric’s dedication to the industry and inherent hospitable demeanor makes him an innkeeper in every way. The lodging community will always be well served with Eric Ridley’s involvement as his future is bright in this industry,” said NYSH&TA President, Jan Marie Chesterton.

“Eric is a pillar in the community, and someone with a passion for hospitality,” said Ed Pavente, VP of Operations with Emerald Hospitality.  “Motivating and leading our staff with respect and grace helps to deliver a memorable experience for our guests and the entire Emerald Hospitality team is quite proud to see Eric recognized for his accomplishments.”

For more information or to make reservations, visit the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn or call 315-252-5511.

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