You can give me a few dozen reasons why you really don’t have time to fill out the entry form for the 2019 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. And, they’re all valid. I’ve been trying to get to this blog done since I logged on this morning, and it’s already 4:20 PM and counting. So, I get just how serious everyone’s time crunch is.
But Gold Key is worth the midnight oil. For 39 years, this award has celebrated hospitality designers doing the best work on projects at all price points, in all sectors and in countries around the globe. You already know how good your firm’s work is.
You know how talented your team is and how much of themselves they pour into their projects. Winning a Gold Key award—or even making the finals—gives designers the recognition they deserve for their creativity and professional innovation. It also gives them something tangible that tells everyone who worked on a project and both current and prospective clients that validates them as best in class.
Another motivator? Entering Gold Key gets your work in front of some of the most prestigious clients in the business. This year’s judging panel includes:
Andrew Alford, chief creative officer, Graduate Hotels
Mary Beth Cutshall, senior vice president and chief business development officer, Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Gary Dollens, global head design/product & brand development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Michael Doneff, chief marketing officer, ThinkFoodGroup
Verena Haller, chief design officer, The Standard Hotels
Carl Hren, senior vice president of development, Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Aliya Khan, vice president, global design strategies, Marriott International
Damon Lawrence, cofounder, Homage Hospitality
Michael Medzigian, chairman and managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Mitch Patel, president and chief executive officer, Vision Hospitality Group
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners, LLC
Scott Rosenberg, president, Jonathan Nehmer + Associates
Larry Traxler, senior vice president global design, Hilton
Simon Turner, managing member, Alpha Lodging Partners, LLC
Jay Stein, chief executive officer, Dream Hotel Group
Gary Womack, former senior vice president, design and construction, Loews Hotels & Co.
Add to all this the chance to be in the spotlight at the Gold Key gala capping off 2019’s Boutique Design New York trade fair and conference. Finalists will be showcased and winners will be announced at a gala Nov. 11 in New York.