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Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association Recognizes The National Conference Center During Annual Awards Banquet

LEESBURG, VA. October 17, 2017 - … The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, has been recognized by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) with two very prestigious awards. The National was recognized as Hotel of the Year, and General Manager Geoff Lawson was named Hotelier of the Year. The awards were presented during the VRLTA Awards banquet this past week. The 2017 Ordinary Awards featured 16 individual and organizational awards across four primary categories. Each award given demonstrates exemplary passion for the hospitality and travel industry.

“These very prestigious awards recognize the tremendous performance of each and every team member in delivering exceptional hospitality to our guests and our communities,” said Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Chuck Ocheltree. “We are fortunate to have the leader that we have in Geoff Lawson as well as the amazing team that works with our guests every day. What makes this two-award recognition so special is the understanding that you cannot have one without the other—great leadership leads to great hospitality and great hospitality results in Hotel of the Year. We are excited to share this recognition with our associates and within our vast communities.”

On a winning streak this year, The National has received eight other industry awards including:
•Ambassador Tourism Award to Jamil Chaudhry from Visit Loudoun
•Tourism Action Award to Project Search from Visit Loudoun
•Tourism Branding Campaign “Go Big” from Visit Loudoun
•Partner of the Year from Loudoun County Public Schools
•Smart Star Award as “Best of the Best” from Smart Meetings magazine
•Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine
•Stellar Award from Northstar Meeting Group, including Successful Meetings and Meetings & Conventions magazines
•Meetings Trendsetter Award to Mary Watson from Meetings Today magazine

Chuck Ocheltree, Chief Marketing Officer
Dahlia Williams, Sales Manager
Kelli Mueller, Director of Conference Services
Kahllua Herlihy, Chief Financial Officer
Geoff Lawson, Vice President and General Manager
Juan Garcia, Executive Director of Sales

About The National Conference Center

Located in Northern Virginia, 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington, D.C., The National Conference Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers and training facility in the nation. With 917 guest rooms and over 265,000 square feet of meeting and group function space, including the West Belmont Place catering complex with its 16,552 square foot ballroom, The National has become the nation’s headquarters for productive meetings and West Belmont Place the hub for Loudoun County and surrounding area social functions and special events. Visit us on Facebook & Twitter, LinkedIn. West Belmont Place has been named Best Venue by the International Special Events Society. The National Conference Center is also on the GSA schedule. The National is owned by NCC PS Enterprises LLC, a venture between PCCP, LLC and Stoneleigh Capital, LLC., which retained LaKota Hotels & Resorts to oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations. Visit us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter For information call 800-640-2684 or visit www.conferencecenter.com and www.westbelmontplace.com.

Denise Benoit

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