Published Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Florida Restaurant Lodging Association Names Eduardo Fernandez General Manager of the Year; Santiago Navarro Wins Excellence in Hospitality and Management Award

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach’s general manager Eduardo Fernandez was named General Manager of the Year by the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association during the organization’s Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala, held September 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando. A panel of judges also awarded Hotel Employee of the Year to Santiago Navarro, assistant front desk manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, for his outstanding accomplishments and service.

“At Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, we are deeply passionate about exceeding guests’ expectations, and Santiago and I are so honored to accept this recognition on their behalf,” said Fernandez. “I want to personally commend Santiago for his efforts, as he has worked diligently to move up the ladder, receiving two promotions over the past year and a half. He is a shining example of what we look for in team members.”

Nominees for the FRLA’s annual awards are selected by their peers, with a panel of judges choosing the top three in each category. Presented during a Grammy Awards-style gala, the top three nominees are showcased and the winner is called to the stage to receive their award. This year’s FRLA Awards Reception included a special honor presented to first-responders who bravely provided assistance during the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Governor Scott, Attorney General Bondi, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando’s Sheriff Demings and Police Chief Mina were all in attendance. The restaurants and hotels who generously provided donations to Dine Out for Orlando United on June 30, 2016, were also recognized, with Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach included.

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About Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach The AAA Four Diamond-rated oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, features 240 guest rooms including 23 spectacular suites, all of which boast panoramic views of the seven-mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. This oceanfront hotel provides a new level of hospitality to the Fort Lauderdale market by offering travelers a sense of place, not just a place to stay. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A only 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and just minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades. Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an authentic, local experience to guests and locals alike, brought to life through the brand’s signature Food is Art, Liquid Art and Daily Delights programs.  

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