Prestigious NEWH Award of Excellence will go to David Mahood and Lynda P Sullivan

“Prestigious NEWH Award of Excellence will go to David Mahood and Lynda P Sullivan at January NEWH Leadership Conference Scholar’s and Awards Dinner after Harry Potter tour”

Online PR News – 24-December-2010 – – Orlando, Florida - December 24, 2010 -- NEWH will host the biennial Scholar’s Dinner and Award of Excellence celebration on January 15th at the Universal Orlando Resort during the NEWH Leadership Conference.

The evening will be jam packed with events, starting off with experiencing the new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” themed land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Dinner and the awards ceremony will take place immediately after at CityWalk’s Rising Star club beginning at 7pm. David Mahood, LEED AP, Olive Hospitality Consulting and Lynda P. Sullivan, Sullivan Hospitality Marketing Associates will each receive NEWH’s prestigious Award of Excellence. The biennial award honors a man and a woman who has contributed extraordinary time and effort to NEWH, has a minimum of 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, has held a local chapter or international board position, and has mentored four people in the industry, at least two of whom are women.

The night will also honor past student scholarship winners (both on the chapter and international level), allowing them to share their personal tales of how NEWH has benefited them. “Scholarship and education is the primary mission of NEWH and meeting the students is very rewarding for our membership who works very hard to raise funds for scholarships,” explains NEWH’s executive director, Shelia Lohmiller.

As a preface to the evening, Thierry Coup, VP creative development, Universal Creative, will share a presentation of “The Making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Saturday afternoon at the NEWH Leadership Conference. He will discuss the design development, fabrication, and
installation of Universal’s newest attraction, as well as the collaboration between author JK Rowling, Warner Brothers, and Universal Studios to bring the vision to life. Only registered conference attendees can sit in on this exciting and educational exclusive session.

Tickets to the Scholar’s Dinner are $69 for NEWH members and $89 for non-NEWH members. (Ticket price includes park entrance as well as dinner.) go to: or contact Jena Seibel, to purchase.

For more information on the conference or to register online go to:

About NEWH Leadership Conference
The NEWH Leadership Conference will be held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Orlando January 13-16th, 2011. During the conference, attendees, leading hospitality professionals, will gain industry knowledge focused on business development and education in sustainability and leadership skills. Register before December 15th and become eligible to win a two-night stay at a Loews Resort.

About NEWH
NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network, founded in 1985, is an international non-profit organization of hospitality industry professionals volunteering to raise funds and grant scholarships for college students studying design, architecture, purchasing, and management—focused on the hospitality market. NEWH volunteers have raised more than $2.2 million by networking at local, regional, and international hospitality events.

For more information contact:

Andy Schaidler, Director of Conferences,
NEWH Inc, 414.431.3687

Julia Davis, VP Events, NEWH Inc, 206.226.8906

Jena Seibel, NEWH Inc, 800.935.NEWH (6394)

Press Contact:
Andy Schaidler
NEWH Director Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL