GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE, January 12, 2015 – Hospitality Solutions, Inc., a Gatlinburg based hotel management company, and the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg are proud to announce that Cornelia Dobbins, the hotel’s General Manager, was selected for the Barbara Bejan General Manager of the Year for 2014 for the entire Hilton Garden Inn Brand worldwide. Hilton Garden Inn Brand is comprised of over 600 hotels in 19 countries. Cornelia accepted the award at a ceremony January 11th at the Hilton Garden Inn brand conference in Orlando. She was presented the award on stage from Jim Holthouser, Executive Vice President Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide and Adrian Kurre, Global Head Hilton Garden Inn to a standing ovation from the 2,000 brand attendees and Hilton Worldwide community.
Jim Holthouser, Executive Vice President Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide Cornelia Dobbins, General Manger Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, TN. Adrian Kurre, Global Head Hilton Garden Inn.“I am totally shocked!” says Cornelia Dobbins an 18 year hotel veteran. Cornelia worked as a Director of Sales in Johnson City, TN prior to her relocating to take the General Manager position at the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg in August of 2011. “This is a collective award that belongs to our management company, who gives me incredible support and provides a culture of service and excellence, the hotel team; who does all the heavy lifting and hard works every day, and finally the ownership, who continually invest back into the property and employees. We all really appreciate the Hilton Garden Inn Brand for this recognition and honor.”
The award places Cornelia as the top leader selected from 600 hotels worldwide. This award is presented to the General Manager of an exceptional hotel that demonstrates ultimate leadership in all areas of the hotel, outstanding personal performance as well as going above and beyond brand expectations. Specifically, her award included examples of excellence in revenue strategies and production, market performance, service delivery, and overall guest satisfaction. Cornelia has volunteered her time on brand related programs, including as a member of the General Manager Advisory Council. In addition; prior to winning the award Cornelia was asked to represent the brand as a presenter for a Hotel Management webinar on “Advancing Your Green Profile”. Her leadership is evident in the community where she serves on several boards; including the Gatlinburg Visitor and Conventions Bureau and the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. Furthermore, she and her hotel team volunteer time for several non-profit organizations and events within her community. Cornelia’s biggest success is her ability to balance work and family life. She and her husband, Scott, have three beautiful children—Jace, Justin and Jada. Her example of complete life balance: work excellence, community and brand involvement and leadership, and fulfilling family life place her at the top of the brand and industry.
Logan Coykendall, CEO of Hospitality Solutions, Inc., stated; “There are many worthy candidates in this great brand but I cannot imagine anyone more deserving than Cornelia. Any one of her accomplishments and involvements would make her worthy of consideration, but collectively all of her achievements make her an outstanding representative for this honor and an inspiration for all business leaders. This award is a tribute to our company, our Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg team of employees and ownership but most of all it is a tribute to Cornelia’s leadership, hard work, dedication, and outstanding character.”
Davy Thomas, COO of Hospitality Solutions, Inc. stated; “The Hilton Garden Inn Brand is a phenomenal hotel brand. It has won 11 JD Power awards for Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains which makes the magnitude of this award really overwhelming for all of us. To think that Cornelia has been given an award as the top leader within a worldwide brand that has received top honors for service and performance within its own hotel segment. To be considered the best of the best is extremely flattering and humbling. We have always known and try to recognize Cornelia’s great contributions, but it is a great affirmation when an international company like Hilton Worldwide comes to the same conclusions.”
Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg enjoy the brand’s signature Garden Sleep System featuring the Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillow Top mattress, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hours business center, state-of-the-art Precor fitness center and the Garden Grille and Bar, a full-service restaurant and bar offering full cooked-to-bar breakfast, dinner, cocktails* and evening room service. Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates For more information or to make reservations for Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg Downtown, please visit the hotel website or call 865 436 0048