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Honoring HD’s Platinum Circle Inductees

Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Events

It’s been a trying week for many of us in this country, which means it’s as important as ever to not only celebrate but pay tribute to people who are making a difference. This Tuesday, November 15th, we did just that as we celebrated hospitality veterans  who have changed our industry, and the world, during our 28th annual Platinum Circle Awards Gala, held at New York’s Marriott Marquis.


Past and present Platinum Circle honorees gather onstage

This year, more than 500 people came together for our black tie affair to recognize career achievements and what makes hospitality—an inclusive, welcoming industry that supports innovation and people who push the envelope—so important. Indeed, it’s an industry that brings people together in unexpected ways, and on Tuesday it was no different as we honored three industry veterans; a firm that continues to reshape design after three decades; and a designer turned philanthropist who is making a positive mark on the world.

This year’s recipients:

John Ceriale,Prospect Hotel Advisors/Blackstone Group


Tom Colicchio, chef and restaurateur


Kit and Tim Kemp, Firmdale Hotels


HD Visionary Award honoree Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International for 30 years of excellence


Clodagh, the Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award


Thank you to all our sponsors who helped us put on a memorable night, and thank you to everyone in our industry who continues to make hospitality an aspirational path.

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