October 18, 2017 (New York, NY): On Monday, January 29th, 2018, Where® IN New York, a division of Morris Media Network, a multi-media publishing company—in cooperation with the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) and the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.—will host the 2017 Hotel Excellence Awards (HEA) at the iconic Cipriani Wall Street.

The HEA program recognizes the qualities and characteristics that demonstrate superior service and achievement in New York City’s hospitality industry. The program is comprised of the Hotel Experience Awards, selected by the readers of Where® New York and IN New York magazines; and the Silver Plume Awards, which honor exemplary customer service of concierges and their managers, and is selected by a committee and voted upon by members of the NYCAHC.

“The Hotel Excellence and Silver Plume Awards are a wonderful celebration of New York City’s hospitality industry,” said Loida Diaz, President of the NYCAHC and Concierge at Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York. “They allow concierges and managers the opportunity to have their support and services commended at such a prestigious gala.”

Here are the following 2017 Silver Plume nominees:

Chef Concierge of the Year
David Canas, Langham Place, New York
Graham Thomas, The Beekman
Chris McCormack, Crosby Hotel
Carmen Da Silva, Soho Grand Hotel
Waldo Hernandez, The Carlyle

Concierge of the Year
Jonathan Henthorne, Hotel Plaza Athenee
Tina McLelland, Four Seasons Hotel New York
William Bravo, Renaissance New York Hotel 57
Charlie Loor, The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel
John Paul Palace, Hotel Mela Times Square

Best Supporting Manager
Prince Sanders, Trump International Hotel & Tower
Lauren Conolan-Richards, Soho Grand Hotel
Olivier Lordonnois, The Mark
Christian Hommerich, The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel

Hotel Excellence Award for Community Service
William Hawkins, Mandarin Oriental
Thomas Meckl, Honorary
Celso Moreira, Ritz Carlton Central Park

“I have had the pleasure of working with concierges for over 15 years and witnessing their dedication to providing top service and memorable experiences for their hotel guests,” said Adeline Tafuri Jurecka, Publisher, Where® IN New York. “They have a true passion for what they do and we are thrilled to host these Awards that honor them and their outstanding service in this industry.”

A silent auction—containing hundreds of luxury items—will be held to benefit the Les Clefs d’Or Foundation, the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges’ Charitable Fund and the Hotel Association of New York City Scholarship Fund.

About Where® IN New York:
Where® IN New York is a division of Morris Media Network. Where® IN New York’s market-leading visitor publications and digital platform wheretraveler.com, include Where GuestBook® New York, Where® New York and IN New York magazines and Where® IN New York Map. Reaching every segment of the visitor market—from leisure and family to business and luxury travel—Where® IN New York products appear at 420 of New York’s most distinguished hotels, and in upscale corporate housing, private clubs, airports, residential buildings, Amtrak trains and Acela VIP lounges, generating an annual readership in excess of 32 million. For more information, log on to www.mvpny.net