OKLAHOMA CITY & NORMAN, Okla. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center in Oklahoma has been recognized as a 2016 Governor’s Disability Employment Award of Excellence winner. Ken Holt, director of event operations, accepted the commendation on behalf of Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman during a recent ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, Phillips Pavilion, in Oklahoma City. This TripAdvisor® 2016 Certificate of Excellence hotel is nestled in the University North Park retail and business development in Norman and is owned and operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.
“Ken is a natural mentor and communicator. He leads by example to help cultivate a positive work environment,” said Rex Amsler, general manager of JQH’s Embassy by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center. “We are also fortunate to collaborate with strong community partners, such as Dale Rogers Training Center and Project SEARCH, to help develop individuals’ skills through hands-on training.”
The Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), a nonprofit agency that provides training and jobs for people with disabilities, nominated Holt for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman employs five individuals with disabilities and also participates in the Project SEARCH high school transition program that supports students with developmental disabilities through total workplace immersion.
“Individuals who find employment through DRTC’s programs perform meaningful, quality work day in and day out,” said Executive DRTC Director Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed. “We also applaud the various businesses, such as JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman, for employing this vital part of the workforce.”
About Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center
Located at 2501 Conference Drive, Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center in Oklahoma is close to University of Oklahoma and south of Oklahoma City. Each spacious two-room hotel suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. The contemporary, 283-suite hotel features a fitness center and an indoor pool. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium. Guests can also dine at the North Park Grille for American fare or stop by Caffeina’s cyber café, where Starbucks® coffee is served. The hotel also offers more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, nearly 20 meeting rooms, and a 28,000-square-foot ballroom. For more information about Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman, go to www.embassysuitesnorman.com, connect at www.facebook.com/EmbassySuitesNorman/, or call (405) 364-8040.
About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.