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News Celebrating the Next Generation Each year NEWH gives out its most prestigious award—the Icon of Industry—which celebrates the leaders of the manufacturing side of hospitality, those who have Stacey Sefcik Ashley Sarazen uniquely impacted the industry through their innovative work, consistently dedicated their time and efforts to community or industry outreach through education and/or corporate giving, and been doing business in hospitality for more than 30 years. This year’s honoree is Herb Kohler, Jr., of Kohler. In addition, an international scholarship is given to two exemplary students in the recipient’s honor, who have completed at least half of their program toward a degree in the hospitality industry, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, participated in an industry internship, and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and scholarship. This year’s winner is Stacey Sefcik, who received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in both interior design and real estate, and is now getting her master’s in ne arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta. This past summer she interned at HBA, working on the Shangri-La Fort Bonifacio, the Disney Grand Floridian, and the Peabody Memphis. “Having had a dream to work at a hospitality rm since beginning design school, this internship provided an exceptional realization of that dream. I was surrounded by incredibly talented designers, products, and projects; and I was immersed in an environment that encouraged growth and participation,” she says. After graduation, she plans on staying in the hospitality industry, attending NEWH and industry events like HD Expo, nishing her NCIDQ requirements, and studying to become LEED accredited. “Although the entire eld of design would provide for a creative career, I think hospitality is where creativity lives,” she says, adding that some day she would like to be a professor of design. “There is something about the hospitality industry that quickens my pulse and excites me. There is much more opportunity to push boundaries and take chances than in other industries.” The honorable mention honoree is Ashley Sarazen, an interior design student at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. Not only was she one of four to represent the sophomore class at the Salone International Furniture Fair, she also designed an advertisement for Metropolis magazine in collaboration with her professor Robert Allen, and she is interning with Bentel and Bentel Architects. After graduation, she hopes to join a rm like Bentel and Bentel, but she has also found a passion for materials. “My favorite part of the design process is the research of sustainable materials and discovering new ways to apply them,” she says. “I very much enjoy taking a project from concept to completion, whether it be an interior or a piece of furniture. In the long run, I see myself delving into several facets of design, including furniture, product, and lighting design.” Celebrate the Icons at the Gold Key Awards Breakfast in New York November 12th, held in conjunction with the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show and BDNY, and then again during the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) in May in Las Vegas. ❙❘❚ Around the Chapters Atlanta In October, the chapter held its Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament at the St. Marlo Country Club in Duluth, Georgia. Surrounding the Dallas Regional Tradeshow on October 18th, the chapter planned what it is dubbing “Three Days of Hospitality.” October 17th is the NEXT & NOW student/mentor event, where some 60 students met with local hospitality design leaders and business owners for a panel discussion, portfolio reviews, and mock interviews. And the three days concluded on Friday, October 19th, with Life of Design, a scholarship fundraising event and chair design competition. Kicking off the tradeshow was the Hospitality Design ( HD)/NEWH Owners’ Roundtable, which connected designers, architects, and purchasers with influential executives in hospitality. In HD ’s version of speed dating, table “hosts” from various hotel, management, and equity companies—from Accor and Omni to Remington and FelCor—discussed the industry, new projects, and answered attendee questions, on a rotating basis. Houston Dallas In June, the chapter hosted a CEU event by the Kip Co. entitled “Understanding Recycled Content, Surfacing Material: It’s value under LEED and beyond.” The annual July Membership Luau at Daltile brought the chapter out for a roasted pig and networking, as well as the chance to win a raffled off free membership. And in August, the chapter held a new Casino Night fundraiser at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, underwritten by OFI. This fall the chapter is planning a designer series and a holiday event. New York The chapter is busy nalizing its November 12th tasting event fundraiser, Eat. Drink. Inspire. Various local chefs and mixologists will prepare dishes and drinks inspired by a New York neighborhood, and the night will consist of a DJ, raf e, and photo booth. For tickets, contact Tara Mastrelli at The chapter is also planning a scholarship event in December to celebrate its 2012 honorees. ❙❘❚ 4

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - Winter 2012

NEWH - Winter 2012
Who’s Who
Conference Roundup
Sustainability: Point of View
Q&A: Cynthia Millow
Q&A: Lisa Ghai
Have You Seen?
Product Know How
On the Scene
On the Cover
Project: Hilton and Marriott Prototypes for Latin America
New Members
Project: Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
Save the Date
Partner Profies
Ad Index

NEWH - Winter 2012