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Orlando, Florida, July 2016—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has presented Suzanne Markham Bagnera, CHA, with the 2015 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding U.S. Educator. She received the award in absentia during the International CHRIE Summer Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, July 22. The Lamp of Knowledge is given to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism and education in the hospitality industry.

Bagnera is a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration. She has also taught at Johnson & Wales University, Endicott College, and Mount Ida College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in hospitality management from Iowa State University. Before turning to education, Bagnera worked in the hospitality industry, as a front office manager, guest service manager, and general manager at several Boston-area hotels.

Bagnera currently serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s Education Foundation and is chairperson of their Education Committee. She is active with I-CHRIE as secretary of the North East North American Federation and several committees and special interest groups. She is also the social media coordinator for the International Hospitality Information and Technology Association. 

About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

Established in 1953 as the nonprofit education and training arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), AHLEI’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to educate, develop, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

Contact: Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Public Relations & Marketing Manager / +1.517.318.2359

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