San Antonio Pineapple Awards

Celebrating the brightest stars in the industry!

As the pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality, recipients of the San Antonio Pineapple Award represent the best our city has to offer from across the hospitality industry.

In 2017, SAHLA Staff and the Education & Events Committee decided to reinvent the previously discontinued annual gala into the San Antonio Pineapple Awards Gala. The inaugural event, held during National Travel & Tourism week, was a huge success, awarding 11 remarkable individuals and companies with a San Antonio Pineapple (SAP) Award and served a celebration of the impact the hotel industry has on travel and tourism.

Since then, we have added even more award categories and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the outstanding employees, managers, hotels, and allied partners that represent the face of San Antonio to the more than 20 million overnight visitors of our city each year. We want to tell the story of the rock stars in our industry and highlight their contributions that help make a difference to our guests.

To apply for a San Antonio Pineapple Award, please see the information and application links below.
Any SAHLA member is eligible to win, so don’t hesitate, apply today!
The next person accepting an award could be you!

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

  1.  All applicants must be employed at a current member of SAHLA in good standing. To verify your membership status or to become a member please call 210.558.6565.
  2.  All nominees must have permission from their supervisor to submit an application. Supervisors will be contacted prior to scoring each application to verify.
  3.  To apply, please click the appropriate button below and select your award category in the drop down at the top of the form.
  4.  If applying for multiple awards (i.e. – General Manager of the Year & Hotel of the Year), please submit one application for each award sought.
  5.  All short answer questions will be graded so please make sure to fill out the application in its entirety. Answers do not need to hit the word maximum.
  6.  Once submitted, all information included in the application becomes proprietary and will not be released to anyone other than SAHLA Staff and the SAP Award Selection Committee in a redacted format.
  7.  All applications are scored by 3 members of the SAP Award Selection Committee with names and company information redacted to ensure objectivity. The 3 scores are averaged for a total score.
  8.  The top 3 finalists in each category are notified prior to the Awards Gala and encouraged to attend. Winners are announced at the Gala.

2020 APPLICATIONS ONLINE NOW!

Due Monday, April 6, 2020

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – 5 CATEGORIES

FRONT OF HOUSE

  • Front Desk
  • Bell Services
  • Valet
  • Concierge
  • Spa / Golf Staff
  • Gift Shop Attendant

HEART OF HOUSE

  • Housekeeping / Laundry
  • Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Grounds

HOTEL ADMINISTRATION

  • Guest Services
  • Switchboard
  • PBX
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Staff
  • Reservations
  • Sales
  • Marketing / PR
  • Accounting
  • Purchasing
  • Human Resources

FOOD & BEVERAGE

  • Waiter / Server / Bartender
  • Busser
  • Chef / Cook
  • Dishwasher
  • Host / Hostess

EVENT & CONVENTION SERVICES

  • Banquet Server
  • Event Set Up
  • Catering Sales
  • Meeting & Event Planning Services
  • AV Services

MANAGER OF THE YEAR – 3 CATEGORIES

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Any Manager / Supervisor other than General Manager

Applies to both Full and Select Service Hotels

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

General Manager of a Select Service Hotel

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

General Manager of a Full Service Hotel

2019 SAP Award Winners

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | FRONT OF HOUSE

ISRAEL GONZALES, Guest Services Attendant, Hilton Palacio Del Rio

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | HEART OF HOUSE

XAVIER NORIEGA, Utility Houseperson, Hotel Emma

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | HOTEL ADMINISTRATION

TSURUYO “SYLVIA” BUSTOS, Payroll Specialist, Marriott Riverwalk & Rivercenter Hotels

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | FOOD & BEVERAGE

JERMAN SANCHEZ, Stewarding Supervisor, Marriott Riverwalk & Rivercenter Hotels

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | EVENT & CONVENTION SERVICES

JAVIER GARCIA, Event Services Manager, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

 

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

CHARLES DAVIS, Director of Loss Prevention, Marriott Riverwalk & Rivercenter Hotels

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

APRIL GALVAN, Hampton Inn & Suites Lackland SeaWorld

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

CALLAN HAMMANN, DoubleTree San Antonio Airport

 

ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR

CAPERS EVENTS

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

GRAND HYATT SAN ANTONIO

2019 Honorary Award Winners

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

RIC MORALES, Key Account Manager, Silver Eagle Distributors

 

SIEGGY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ARTHUR COULOMBE, General Manager, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

2018 SAP Award Winners

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | FRONT OF HOUSE

ABEL CAMPOS, Doorman, Mokara Hotel & Spa

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | HEART OF HOUSE

JAMES JACKSON, Overnight Security Office, Hotel Emma

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | HOTEL ADMINISTRATION

MONICA DIEHL-MACIAS, Executive Assistant, Marriott Rivercenter | Riverwalk

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | FOOD & BEVERAGE

FRANK LUCIO, Food Server, Westin Riverwalk

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | EVENT & CONVENTION SERVICES

JUAN RIZZO, Event Services Supervisor, Marriott Rivercenter | Riverwalk

 

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

ISSA HAFEEZ, Front Office Manager, Hotel Emma

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

TREY WHIDDON, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

ED BUCHOLTZ, Grand Hyatt San Antonio

 

ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR

ACE MART RESTAURANT SUPPLY

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES | DOWNTOWN

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

HOTEL EMMA

2018 Honorary Award Winners

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

TOM MARSHALL, Director of Event Technology, PSAV

 

SIEGGY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

HENRY FELDMAN, Owner & CEO, Martin Feldman Hospitality

2017 SAP Award Winners

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | FRONT OF HOUSE

BOB AIT AMRANE, Banquet Server, Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | HEART OF HOUSE

ELMIS HERNANDEZ, Housekeeping Supervisor, Marriott Rivercenter | Riverwalk

 

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

PATRICK RAY, Executive Housekeeper, Grand Hyatt San Antonio

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

DUSTY SMITH, Residence Inn Alamo Plaza

 

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

TIM SULLIVAN, Marriott Rivercenter | Riverwalk

 

ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR

PSAV

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | SELECT SERVICE

RESIDENCE INN AIRPORT | ALAMO HEIGHTS

 

HOTEL OF THE YEAR | FULL SERVICE

HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO

2017 Honorary Award Winners

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

KEVIN LATONE, General Manager, Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

 

SIEGGY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BARB MACHADO, Former Executive Director, San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You may fill out the online application for yourself / your company or on behalf of one of your employees / colleagues.

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Absolutely! You may fill out the application for yourself or for an employee / colleague.

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The top 3 finalists in each category will be notified prior to the Gala and awards will be handed out at the event.

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Any SAHLA Member in good standing and their employees are eligible to receive an award. Please see the breakdown of positions for eligible for each award below:

Manager of the Year:

*   Any Supervisor / Manager other than the General Manager

Employee of the Year | Front of House:

*   Front Desk
*   Bell Services
*   Valet
*   Concierge
*   Spa / Golf Staff
*   Gift Shop Attendant

Employee of the Year | Heart of House:

*   Housekeeping / Laundry
*   Maintenance
*   Engineering
*   Security
*   Grounds

Employee of the Year | Hotel Administration:

*   Administration / Executive Assistant
*   Office Staff
*   Reservations
*   Sales
*   Marketing / Public Relations
*   Accounting
*   Purchasing
*   Human Resources

Employee of the Year | Food & Beverage:

*   Waiter / Server / Bartender
*   Busser
*   Chef / Cook
*   Dishwasher
*   Host / Hostess

Employee of the Year | Event & Convention Services:

*   Banquet Server
*   Event Set Up
*   Catering Sales
*   Meeting & Event Planning Services
*   AV Services

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