ATLANTA—The Hunter Lodge Funding Convention named Fred Cerrone, founder and chairman of Lodge Equities, with the 2023 Hunter Convention Award for Excellence and Inspiration. Annually, the award acknowledges a hotelier who exemplifies distinctive management, citizenship, and innovation. From his begin as a desk clerk on the Sheraton Boston resort greater than 5 a long time in the past to the founding of Lodge Equities, Cerrone has been a pacesetter within the business.
“Fred’s dedication to our business is surpassed solely by his devotion to the associates of Lodge Equities. Those that work with Fred know him as Coach. The nickname is a testomony to his means to guide, encourage, and develop the people round him. His legacy is obvious within the power of Lodge Equities and the numerous lives he has touched over his storied profession in hospitality,” mentioned Lee Hunter, chairman of the Hunter Lodge Funding Convention and chief working officer of Hunter Lodge Advisors.
Earlier than launching Lodge Equities in 1989, Cerrone served in administration positions with motels throughout the nation. Cerrone’s management was acknowledged when he grew to become common supervisor at age 21. Cerrone grew to become one in all Marriott’s preliminary franchise companions in 1993. After spending almost three a long time rising Lodge Equities to an organization that at present has greater than 200 motels beneath administration, Cerrone turned the day-to-day operations over to his accomplice, Brad Rahinsky, present president and CEO. Cerrone promotes the hospitality business to younger individuals getting into the workforce and serves on the advisory boards of Georgia State College’s Cecil B. Day Faculty of Hospitality Administration and Marriott’s Houses and Villas Model. Cerrone can also be the chairman of InStep Ministries and teaches month-to-month “Foundations” courses to present and potential leaders inside the firm.
“I first met Fred within the mid-Nineteen Eighties when he was working Southern Host Accommodations, managing quite a few properties main as much as the creation of Lodge Equities. His ardour and management within the business have been thrilling to see by the efficiency and growth of his firm—an amazing basis for the years to come back and the Excellence and Inspiration to comply with,” mentioned Chuck Pinkowski, proprietor of Pinkowski & Firm and chairman of The Hunter Award Committee.
Brad Rahinsky will current Cerrone with the award at The HUNTER Convention on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. The convention runs from March 21-23, 2023, on the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.