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Hilton Announces Annual CEO Light & Warmth Awards

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton has announced the thirteen winners of this year’s CEO Light & Warmth Award. Launched in 2011, the award is the highest honor within Hilton and an opportunity for the company to recognize and celebrate exceptional Team Members and franchisee employees who embody the Hilton vision and mission, as well as its values of Hospitality, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Ownership and Now.

In 2018, nearly 700 Team Members from across Hilton’s global managed and franchise network were nominated by their colleagues for demonstrating the Hilton values at work and beyond. Finalists were selected by a committee of representatives from across the company with the 13 winners chosen by Hilton president and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta.

“For the last 100 years, our Team Members have been at the heart of Hilton’s world-changing hospitality,” said Nassetta. “Our CEO Light & Warmth Award winners in particular are a true inspiration, consistently going above and beyond to have a profound positive impact on our guests, communities and one another. I am humbled and honored to work alongside these outstanding individuals, and celebrating their efforts is without a doubt one of the highlights of my year.”

The CEO Light & Warmth award announcement comes on the heels of Hilton being named #1 on Fortune and Great Place to Work’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work for in the U.S.  Last year, Hilton was ranked #2 on the World’s Best Workplaces list.

Hilton’s 2018 CEO Light & Warmth winners are:

  • Carlo Espiritu, Conrad Manila, Housekeeping Coordinator
  • Bob Niu, Conrad Beijing, Chief Concierge
  • Eva Wang, DoubleTree by Hilton Shiyan, Executive Housekeeper
  • Jacky Zuo, Hilton Bejing Capital Airport, Housekeeping Storekeeper
  • Yordanka “Dani” Raynova, Hilton Sofia, Public Area Attendant
  • Marian Stefanik, Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport, Deputy General Manager
  • Aisha Saleh, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, Learning & Development Manager
  • María Del Pilar García, Hilton Panama, Systems Manager  
  • Trinten Ore, Hilton Orlando, Front Office Manager
  • Alneasa Jordan, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Human Resources Director
  • Irene Estes, Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center, Executive Housekeeper
  • Meghan Macaulay, Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge, Revenue Manager
  • Terry Taylor, The Park Vista, a DoubleTree by Hilton, Chief Engineer

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 24 world-class brands comprising more than 7,600 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 190 million Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.