Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 35 years of age or younger, born on or after May 24, 1983
  • Is currently, and has been, working in a hospitality-related field
  • Is recognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising star
  • Is currently living and working in the Caribbean with a minimum of two years experience in the market

To nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight EST on March 7, 2019. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

Nominations will be evaluated by the Screening Committee and finalists will be voted on by the esteemed Rising Star Award Judges Panel including:

Jorge A. Apaez, IHG
Kenneth M. Blatt, CPG Real Estate
Ian Carter, Hilton
Frank J. Comito, CHTA
John J. Issa, SuperClubs
Tessa Jacques Antoine, CAIPA
Dave Johnson, Aimbridge Hospitality
David Kong, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Jared Melnik, KSL Capital Partners
Alejandro Moreno, Wyndham
Xavier Mufraggi, Club Med
Karolin Troubetzkoy, Anse Chastenet & Jade Mountain Resorts
Bruce D. Wardinski, Playa Hotels & Resorts

The award will be presented to the winner at CHRIS, May 21-23, 2019, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Lauren Marshall
Senior Manager of Marketing & Membership Services
Phone: 678-735-9453
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About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry”s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at