Friedman and other award winners were honored for their outstanding accomplishments, service and leadership in the lodging industry at a special ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
It was the second major hospitality industry award that Friedman has won this year. In March, he was honored with the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association’
In winning the AH&LA award, Friedman was cited for leading his team from the grand re-opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown seven years ago to becoming one of the most successful full-service hotels in Westchester.
His philanthropic achievements were also underscored as follows: “In 2011, tragedy struck the DoubleTree family with the sudden death of team member Bryan Johnson. As his mentor, Rich encouraged Bryan to pursue his hospitality management degree, so in honor of his memory Rich started the Bryan Johnson Hospitality Scholarship, which was recently awarded to its second recipient. In addition, examples of Friedman’s philanthropic work range from hosting a yearly free September 11th barbeque for all first responders to helping a local elementary school by organizing the back to school supply drive and donating Kindle Fires to top students to encourage academic achievement.”
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the AH&LA is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.
About the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown
Set on 11 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the Doubletree by Hilton Tarrytown comprises 247 guest rooms, 24,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space, the largest Grand Ballroom in WestchesterCounty, a Business Center, indoor pool, day spa, sauna, and state-of-the-