February 2, 2018
(Huntsville, AL) – The Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association (HMCHA) recognized the outstanding accomplishments of hospitality professionals in the Huntsville/Madison County community at the 21st annual Pineapple Awards Dinner held recently at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa. Each year, the organization holds the Pineapple Awards Dinner to honor members who have exhibited true hospitality and professionalism in the industry.
The Pineapple Award, presented for the contributions of a group or individual who has had an outstanding impact on the industry, was presented to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Mayor Battle has been integral in the growth of the hospitality and tourism sectors in Huntsville and truly understands the impact this industry has on the overall economic development and betterment of the community.
“When it comes to authentic leadership for Huntsvillians and providing visitors the ultimate in customer service and hospitality, Mayor Battle ‘gets it’ and is most deserving of his award,” remarked Judy Ryals, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO. “Huntsville has experienced tremendous growth during Mayor Battle’s two terms in office. The city leads the state in new jobs and economic investment.”
The 2018 Red Ribbon Award winners included:
• Lodging/Conference Center category: Harmony Heard, Sales Manager for The Westin Huntsville
• Tourism & Travel category: Paula Steigerwald, CEO of Huntsville Botanical Garden
• Food & Beverage category: Stephanie Mell, co-owner of Church Street Wine Shoppe and Purveyor
• Allied category: Steve Metz, Metropolitan Disc Jockey
Also recognized was Grille 29 for the 2017 Taste of Huntsville Best Overall, and Nick’s Ristorante for 2017 Mystery Diner Best Overall.
About the Huntsville-Madison County Hospitality Association
The Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association is a membership organization and is a non-profit, non-stock Alabama Corporation. The purpose of the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association is to unite representatives of the hospitality and tourism industry, including Lodging, Restaurant, Tourism & Travel and Allied Industries for the promotion and protection of their common interests.