MERRILLVILLE, Ind., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of White Lodging Services, Bruce White, has been awarded the Midwest Lodging Investors Summit Game Changer Award, presented by Lodging Hospitality magazine.
According to Lodging Hospitality, The Game Changer award is presented annually to honor someone who has made a significant impact on lodging in the Midwest and on the industry as a whole.
"I am honored to accept this award by MLIS," said White, "Having grown up in northwest Indiana with long held family roots here, we have always embraced a long-term commitment to the Midwest. The passion and daily actions of our many individual associates and leaders throughout White Lodging ultimately drive the results that make our vision a reality, and I appreciate their efforts, along with our many key partners, in making this recognition possible."
The MLIS agenda states, "Bruce White, Chairman and CEO of White Lodging Services, is one of the hotel industry's most dynamic and entrepreneurial leaders."
Last year, White added the 1,005-room JW Marriott Indianapolis to White Lodging's hotel portfolio of 158 hotels in 20 states.
"Bruce White is a game changer in every regard," said Dr. Ronald Cichy, Director & Professor of Michigan State University's School of Hospitality Business.
White was recognized as The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Industry Leader of the Year in 2008.
"He is a prime example of one who has a keen understanding of management, operations, real estate, and ownership of lodging," Cichy said. "He is a role model for our students."
White accepted his award at the 5th annual Midwest Lodging Investors Summit, a leading conference for lodging industry owners, developers, operators, lenders, consultants and brand company executives, in Chicago this week.
Steve Marcus of Marcus Hotels & Resorts was the inaugural winner in 2011.
White Lodging Services Corporation - was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Ind. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development and operations company – a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid-to large-scale hotels across the country. Its current portfolio consists of more than 159 hotels in 20 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Preferred Hotels, Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group and Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com.
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