Hyatt Regency Baltimore's General Manager Gail Smith-Howard Wins Prestigious Trumpet Award

Gail Smith-Howard, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, was named a 2012 Trumpet Award winner during a nationally televised ceremony on January 7, 2012. The prestigious national award celebrates the achievement of African American leaders.
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Jan. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- BALTIMORE, MD – Hyatt Regency Baltimore General Manager Gail Smith-Howard has been named a recipient of a prestigious national award from the Atlanta, Georgia-based Trumpet Foundation. Smith-Howard is one of 26 nationally and internationally known leaders and a select group of hotel general managers to win the 2012 Trumpet Award, which recognizes African American achievements and contributions. The awards were presented during a nationally televised broadcast hosted by Wayne Brady, host of CBS’s Let’s Make A Deal, from Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

   Initiated in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards show has been televised annually and distributed internationally to over 185 countries around the world. The Awards were created and developed by Xernona Clayton, a former Turner Broadcasting executive and television industry pioneer, to recognize African American achievement in diverse fields including law, medicine, civil rights, politics, the arts, sports, and entertainment. This year’s honorees include surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, legendary singer Aretha Franklin, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, among others.
For the 20th Anniversary of the Trumpet Awards, the Foundation decided to honor a group of individuals who have helped to change the face of the hotel industry at the front door. “In the past, African Americans did not hold key positions at prominent hotels,” notes Trumpet Award Foundation’s CEO and president Clayton. “We want to bring awareness to the fact that the hotel industry has recently seen a significant change in its leadership as more African Americans move into positions of leadership.”
Smith-Howard and other leading hotel general managers from around the country will be recognized for their ability to foster and support the African-American experience and for their outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry.

   According to Smith-Howard, the values represented by the Trumpet Award are in keeping with the mission and vision of the Hyatt. “I am truly thrilled to receive the Trumpet Award, and I am grateful to the committee for bestowing this honor upon me,” says Smith-Howard. “My career in hospitality has led me on an incredible journey allowing me to develop a rich network of colleagues and friends along the way. This journey has not only afforded me the opportunity to grow and gain invaluable wisdom from wonderful mentors but has also allowed me to appreciate the importance of diversity and acceptance from fellow team members.”

   During three decades with Hyatt, Smith-Howard rose through the management ranks. She has helped foster the hospitality workforce of tomorrow and advanced the cause of diversity in the industry by serving on numerous regional and national boards and committees. Under her leadership, Hyatt Regency Baltimore has received a myriad of national awards for exceptional service. She received the Hyatt Corporation’s Manager of the Year Award in 2004 and has served as the General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Baltimore since 2004.

The annual Trumpet Awards, founded in 1992 by Trumpet Awards Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Xernona Clayton, acknowledges the accomplishments of men and women who have significantly contributed to enhancing quality of life and advancing the cause of justice and equality for all. More information is available online at

About Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, located at 300 Light Street in the City’s vibrant Inner Harbor, employs 220 staff members who serve more than 150,000 guests annually. Since its opening in 1981, the Hyatt Regency, a pioneer in Baltimore’s tourism industry, has won numerous tourism and community service awards, including the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award, a Diversity Trailblazer Award, and a ranking as top hotel in Maryland by Expedia’s Insiders’ Select, a list representing the top one per cent of its hotels and resorts. It is also the longest AAA four-diamond award-winning hotel in Maryland. The Hyatt Regency Baltimore was recently recognized in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels in the U.S.A.”. More information is available by calling the hotel at 410-528-1234 or by visiting online at
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