Hospitality Design
This Site Web | Advanced Search
Hospitality Design Home Hotel Industry News Green Hotel Design Hotel Furniture and Products buyers' guide Hotel Design Projects Hotel Interior Design Events Photo Gallery buyers' guide
Hospitality Design Magazine > Hospitality Design Awards > HD Honors Industry Leaders at Platinum Circle Gala

Hospitality Design (HD) magazine hosted its 25th Annual Platinum Circle Gala at the Conrad hotel in New York on November 12th with more than 300 people in attendance. The gala was sponsored in part by Gold Sponsors Preciosa, Samuelson, Valley Forge Fabrics Inc.; Silver Sponsors Durkan and Hansgrohe; and Benefactor Sponsor Fabric Innovations; and Bronze Sponsors America Trading Company, Couristan, Hubbardton Forge, Kraus, Robert Allen Contract, Royal Botania, Simmons, and Waterworks.

                                                                         Past and Current Honorees

The event honored Pamela Anderson and Laurie Miller of Anderson/Miller Ltd.; Daniel Boulud of the Dinex Group; Margaret McMahon of Wimberly Interiors; and Ian Schrager of Ian Schrager Company, who were all in attendance to accept honors for their lifetimes of achievement in hospitality. The evening brought together many industry icons including Tony Chi of tony chi and associates; George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg; Trisha Wilson of Wilson Associates; Michael Bedner of HBA; and Wing Chao, former executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering.

                                                                                 Daniel Boulud

The evening, in short, “was inspirational and just the right mood. It was glamorous, chic, and low key, all meshed together,” says Alexandra Champalimaud, founder of Champalimaud. Adds McMahon: “To be inducted into Platinum Circle, which includes the who’s who of the hospitality industry, is truly a great honor.  The 25th anniversary event was so special and to be inducted with Anderson Miller, Daniel Boulud, and Ian Schrager was the icing on the cake.”

                                                                                 Margaret McMahon

In recognition of the anniversary, the gala moved from Las Vegas to New York City this year. "It was a brilliant idea to bring Platinum Circle to New York, and what perfect timing for our industry. It was a joyous celebration and a tribute to new beginnings (and goodbye to the last few years of angst). It was the best event of the year,” says Joyce Romanoff, president of Maya Romanoff.

                                                                                   Ian Schrager

First-time attendee Larry Traxler, senior vice president, global design of Hilton Worldwide, says, “I thought that the Platinum Circle Awards gala was incredible. The Conrad team did a fantastic job of hosting incredibly educated VIPs at this iconic event. The evening provided a great platform for catching up with old friends and business colleagues who I haven’t seen in a long time.  It was great to see the inductees speak about the formative stages of their esteemed careers and reflect on those relationships that helped to make them great."

                                                                       Pamela Anderson and Laurie Miller

An additional highlight of this year’s Platinum Circle Awards was the awarding of the inaugural $10,000 Fabric Innovations Legacy Scholarship to Karen (Karahm) Paik, a student at Cornell School of Hotel Administration, on behalf of NEWH, Inc. and Fabric Innovations. “NEWH is thrilled that Deborah Herman and Fabric Innovations have committed to this generous multi-year scholarship,” says Shelia Lohmiller, executive director, NEWH, Inc. “Presenting this scholarship in the prestigious company of Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Gala makes the occasion even more special.”

"Our first Platinum Circle Gala in New York City succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Hospitality celebrities packed the room to cheer on the new honorees and the atmosphere was charged with good will, high spirits, and love for the industry,” says HD’s editor-in-chief Michael Adams. “We can't wait for next year."

hdtalks: the interviews

During HD Expo 2014, Hospitality Design’s Michael Adams sat down with HBA’s Michael Bedner to talk about his half-century in the hospitality design industry. View the video.



Produced by: Emerald Expositions
Nielsen      Contract Design | Hospitality Design | K+BB | DDI

Hospitality Design is the leading interior design industry publication and established web resource in the business. Providing comprehensive reporting on hotel industry
news and exclusive coverage of the latest ecological-friendly green hotels and bar designs, HD Magazine keeps you updated on the latest hotel trends in technology
and innovative interior design ideas. From recent hotel renovations and openings to award-winning luxury hotels and hotel construction projects, HD Magazine
keeps you informed on news that matters most to your hospitality business.

Hospitality Design Magazine | Hotel Industry News | Green Hotel Design  | Hotel Furniture and Products | Hotel and Bar Design Projects | Hospitality Design Events 
 | Hospitality Design Newsletter | About Hospitality Design | Hospitality Design Magazine Advertising | Hotel Design Opportunities 
| Contact Us | Site Map | RSS 
hdexpo2 hdboutique2 summit