Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta Senior Sales Manager Stefan Haladej Named Hospitality Industry Professional of the Year


DULUTH, GA  – January 4, 2015 – After helping lead a record year for Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, Senior Sales Manager Stefan Haladej has been named the 2015 Hospitality Industry Professional of the Year at the Explore Gwinnett’s Annual Tourism Awards and Holiday Luncheon in December.
The Hospitality and Professional of the Year award is Gwinnett’s most prestigious tourism award given to one individual each year. The winner is chosen by nominations from the entire Gwinnett hospitality industry.
In his role, Haladej secures group meetings and conferences at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta. The hotel features the area’s largest ballroom, and Haladej has expertly directed numerous events over the years. Additionally, he was a key component to the hotel’s partnership in 2015 with Benchmarc360 – a service that provides memorable team building experiences for business groups and conventions.
“It is a great honor to be named the Hospitality Industry Professional of the Year in Gwinnett,” said Haladej. “I am privileged to work at such a great hotel and with the best team of individuals. This award would not have been possible without the efforts made by all at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta.”
Haladej is one of Sonesta Gwinnett Place’s and indeed Gwinnett’s longest-tenured hospitality professionals. He first started with Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta in 1997 as a Group Sales Manger, before being named Senior Sales Manager in 2002.
“Stefan is the quintessential employee the Sonesta brand seeks," Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta General Manager David Kohlasch said. “He is hard-working, dependable and pushes his peers to be the best they can be. Without his leadership, our Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta would not be in the position it is today. He is well-deserving of this award, and we are very proud of him.”
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Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is located at 1775 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth, GA. For more information on Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, visit

Located in Duluth, GA, in the greater Atlanta community, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is in the heart of Gwinnett County. This recently updated 17-story hotel is the largest in the county and its 426 guest rooms include 15 suites and the preferred level floor. The hotel features 18 function rooms offering more than 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the hotel’s 8,000 square foot Georgia Ballroom accommodates up to 1,000 guests, the largest in the area. In addition, the hotel offers ArtBar, a gastro pub ideal for cocktails and dinner, Grapevine Restaurant which is open for breakfast and lunch, and a private dining room for small groups and intimate special events, plus an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool* (the whirlpool is currently out of service due to renovation) health club, sundeck and free parking. Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is located near major entertainment venues including the Infinite Energy Arena (formerly the Gwinnett Arena), the Performing Arts Centre and the AAA Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field. Other attractions like Lake Lanier, World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta and the CNN Center are located nearby. Local shopping options include Gwinnett Place Mall, Sugarloaf Mills Mall and the Mall of Georgia.

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