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  Director of Sales & Marketing  
  Doral Arrowwood  
  Anderson Hill Road  
  Rye Brook, NY 10573  
  Phone: (914) 935-6622  
  Fax: (914) 323-5500  
  www.doralarrowwood.com  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK STATE HOSPITALITY & TOURISM ASSOCIATION HONORS DORAL ARROWWOOD'S JOSE LOPEZ AS OUTSTANDING LODGING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Rye Brook, NEW YORK, February 28, 2022 - In a statewide contest as part of their annual "Stars of the Industry" program, the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) recently selected Doral Arrowwood employee, Jose Lopez, as the "Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year."

In a February letter, the NYSH&TA informed Lopez of his nomination by a judging panel consisting of two New York State news reporters, two tourism college professors and one tourism college dean. The letter stated that of all the nominees, Lopez "best exemplified the qualifications for this award."

A Food Storeroom Clerk at the Westchester County Conference Resort, Lopez was recognized by the NYSH&TA for his exemplary professionalism and service in the 300-room + property category. Lopez's nomination for this prestigious award was submitted by Doral Arrowwood's Director of Human Resources, Lydia Goldson, after he was honored as the property's "Employee of the Year" in 1998.

According to Doral Arrowwood's General Manager, Joe Crimmins, "The entire Doral organization is delighted by Jose Lopez's nomination for this remarkable award. His success in achieving this honor is indicative of the exemplary hospitality skills he consistently exhibits on a day-to-day basis." Crimmins added, "As a property that values service above all else, Jose is a model employee who is truly deserving of such high esteem and industry recognition. We are very proud of his accomplishment and wish him continued success."

A native of San Salvador, El Salvador, Lopez moved to the United States in 1986 and currently resides in Port Chester, New York. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, particularly soccer and volleyball. Employed as a Food Storeroom Clerk at Doral Arrowwood since 1996, Lopez is responsible for maintaining the quality and freshness of food products. In the near future, he will assume a new role in food preparation in the property's kitchen.

According to Lopez, the key to his success as a hospitality employee is the education his parents gave him in conjunction with his own drive. In regards to his NYSH&TA award, Lopez remarked: "I am very proud to receive this honor and to work at Doral Arrowwood. I always try to do my best and I enjoy working there because of the people - they're like a family to me."

The NYSHT&A will honor Lopez with his "Outstanding Lodging Employee" award at their annual conference gala on May 8, 2022 in Alexandria Bay, New York. As a state winner, Lopez qualifies for entrance into the National Stars of the Industry Awards Program sponsored by the American Hotel & Motel Association (AH&MA). The winner of the national award will be announced sometime before April 2000.

Lopez's nomination comes at a time when Doral Arrowwood is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion that includes the addition of over 120,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference facilities and 100 new guestrooms (The Lodge at Doral Arrowwood). The expansion is scheduled for completion by June 2000.

Located in Westchester County, Doral Arrowwood is a 374-room conference resort nationally recognized for offering extensive meeting facilities, support services, overnight accommodations, dining in four restaurants, luxurious private catering facilities, a golf course and driving range, and an extensive fitness facility with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. For additional information, call (914) 939-5500.