McLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has announced that twelve of its Team Members have received the 2012 CEO Light & Warmth Award, the company's highest honor. This award was established to recognize exceptional Team Members who embody Hilton Worldwide's Values of Hospitality, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Ownership and Now.

The finalists were nominated by their colleagues and selected from more than 1,000 nominations by a committee of Team Members from across the company. Then the twelve winners were chosen from the group of finalists by Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta.

"At Hilton Worldwide we firmly believe in recognizing and celebrating our Team Members for their hard work and commitment to our guests," said Nassetta. "The recipients of this award have shown exceptional dedication through outstanding acts of generosity and selfless service, and they are an inspiration for us all."

The 2012 CEO Light & Warmth Award winners are: 

  • Pedro Amorim - Assistant F&B Manager, Hilton Orlando
  • Henrietta Clanton - Dishwasher, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Collinsville - St. Louis
  • Tom Dempsey - General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis South I-55
  • Evangelos Karakoulias - Environment, Health, Safety & Hygiene Manager, Hilton Abu Dhabi
  • Cho Sang Keun - Supervisor, Millennium Seoul Hilton
  • Willie Lewis - Houseman/Laundry, DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Buffalo Downtown
  • Annette Mayerl - Human Resources Officer, Hilton Croydon
  • Molly Mooney - Guest Service Manager, Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana
  • Pete Rudewicz - Sr. Director, Focused Service Brands, Architecture & Construction, Memphis Brands & Commercial Services Center
  • Rick Sample - Chief Engineer, Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Airport
  • Lisa Sherriff - Assistant Manager - Hilton Lake Taupo
  • Vasile "Billy" Tuturici - Housekeeping Supervisor, Waldorf Astoria New York

All of the approximately 300,000 Team Members working at Hilton Worldwide's owned, managed and franchised properties and corporate offices around the globe are eligible to receive this award. Nominations are now being accepted for 2013.

Katherine Mikesell
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5806

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.  Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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