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October 1, 2015
Letter from the Chairman

I cannot believe that October is here! We are more than 3/4 of the way through the year; 2015 has definitely flown by! There so many exciting things happening this month from the Tourism Council Unity Night on October 13, the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage weekend, SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas premiering their Halloween events and of course, the highly anticipated AAHA 5K happening on October 17th. Make sure to mark all of these events on your calendar- I know I am! 


Karen Bippert, CTA, CTE
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association
Become a CTA!
AAHA is offering a CTA class

Following the October 15 AAHA luncheon at 
Maggiano's Little Italy, David Uminski, CTA will facilitate a Certified Tourism Ambassador class. This class will be $25.00 instead of the normal $40.00. 

Enhance the San Antonio visitor experience by becoming part of an informed and resourced community. San Antonio has 31 million visitors a year; let's give them an experience they will never forget. Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)! 

Register for the CTA Class following the October 15 AAHA luncheon. 

The AAHA luncheon will be from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. and the CTA class will be from 
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Study materials must be picked up at the San Antonio CVB offices prior to taking the CTA exam. For more information, click here. 
Daisy's Closet and Cupboard! 
AAHA Community Outreach 

For the month of October, the AAHA Gives Back Community Outreach Committee will again be collecting for the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center's food and clothing pantry named "Daisy's Closet and Cupboard." At Daisy's Closet and Cupboard, the community has access to nutritious food, basic hygiene products and clothing. We will be collecting these items at the October luncheon at Maggiano's, so please make sure to bring anything you would like to donate there. If you have any items that you'd like to be picked up,please contact Community Outreach Director, Rudy Saenz at rsaenz@acemart.com

Cast Your Vote!
Vote for AAHA Board Nominees  
At the August and September AAHA meetings, the Board of Directors accepted nominations for new Board Members for 2016-2018 term. At the upcoming luncheon on Thursday, October 15 at Maggiano's, the prospective nominees will give their nomination speech to the membership. Upon conclusion of the meeting, AAHA members will place their vote for the nominees of their choice by blind ballot voting. Each new board member will serve on the AAHA Board of Directors for three (3) consecutive years. 

The nominees and their positions of interest are:
  • Susan Nino - Fundraising 
  • Sammie Mechinus - Social Media
  • Nicole Juel - Programs or Membership
  • Chris Koval - Social Media
  • Gloria Pais - Membership
  • Tiffany Oles - Fundraising
Congratulations to all of the nominees. Members, please make sure that you are present at the October meeting to place your vote. For questions, please contact Kimberly at kimberlys@countyline.com

Time is Running Out!
AAHA 5K Only Weeks Away

It's nearly time for the highly anticipated 3rd Annual AAHA 5K Run/Walk! On Saturday, October 17, 2015, bring the entire family down to Concepcion Park and join all of your AAHA friends for a fun run. 

Adults 18+ are $20
Teens 13-17 are $15
Kids 2-12 are $10
*Strollers welcome*

Registration starts at 7 a.m. 

Race starts at 8 a.m. 


Register today!


Thank You to our Fantastic Sponsors!


Platinum Sponsor: Purple Sage Salon


Gold Sponsors: Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, Caprice Productions, Goodwill Industries, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, Hard Rock Cafe, Traders Village San Antonio


Silver Sponsors: Adventures in San Antonio, The County Line BBQ Riverwalk, Wyndham Garden Riverwalk, Phillips Entertainment, Barriba Cantina

Bronze Sponsors: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, David Uminski, Futures Sound DJ Service, Dick's Last Resort 

Happy Anniversary AAHA!
Thanks to Past Presidents
It is with great pleasure that the Alamo Area Hospitality Association celebrates 20 years of excellence in the Hospitality Industry.  The leadership is consistent with professionals that continue to make a difference in the San Antonio Community!
Thank you for your service!  
1995 Edward Leos
1996 Edward Leos
1997 Edward Leos
1998 Nancy Kilpo
1999 Dorah Putney
2000 Tom Duff
2001 Marilyn Ortiz de Simone
2002 Lydia Fischer
2003 Kurt Krivka
2004 Dee Rullo
2005 Jo Cox
2006 Nancy Kilpo
2007 Penny Herring
2008 Nancy Resendez-Battram
2009 Tirey Thomas
2010 Jennifer Clauser
2011 Amy Sanchez
2012 Michelle Moon
2013 Jo Cox
2014 David Uminski
2015 Karen Bippert  
Come Together...Right Now!
Tourism Unity Night October 13

The San Antonio Tourism Council is preparing for the Tourism Unity Night on Tuesday, October 13 from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM. This is the one night of the year where all of the tourism and hospitality partners get together and celebrate our industry with great food, entertainment and fun! Please consider donating a silent auction item. For more information, please contact Linda Winchester with the San Antonio Tourism Council. 

Think Pink!
Hard Rock SA Supports Local Breast Cancer Charity

Hard Rock Cafe is having their annual PINKTOBER event on Tuesday, October 20th. This year, they are partnering with WINGS, a non-profit, breast cancer treatment organization. Hard Rock is requesting donation items for their raffle and silent auction.If you have anything you'd like to donate or have interest in attending the event, please contact Tammy at Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio. 

Barriba Cantina Brings the Fun!  
Open House October 6
You are invited to the Barriba Cantina 2015 Open House!
Barriba Cantina will be having an open house on October 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Experience everything Barriba Cantina and The County Line Riverwalk has to offer. The beautiful private event space is perfect for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions or corporate events!  
Barriba Cantina features an indoor dining room along with an amazing covered and heated patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk and accommodates 25 guests and up.
Barriba Cantina and The County Line Riverwalk are proud to partner with Blue Suede Events, Marquee Event Group, Heidi Rae Photography, Future Sounds Disc Jockey and Beyond Cake. 
Remember, FREE parking in all city lots after 5 p.m.
There will be samples of their delicious Barriba Cantina Mexican Food and County Line's Legendary Bar-B-Que.


Welcome New Members! 
Darlene Balderena 
Capers DMC

Aaron Parks
Institute of Texan Cultures

Stephanie Richardson
Institute of Texan Cultures

Fred Batista
JLL Hotels

James Hardin
JLL Hotels

Monika Vega
The Menger Hotel
SACVB Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 3     

Hospitality and community business partners are invited to the SACVB's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m. One of this year's pertinent topics will be air service development and the San Antonio CVB is pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker is Kevin Krone, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines

The lineup also includes a first look at the SACVB's FY 2015-2016 priorities and new partnership opportunities. The recipients of the Robert H.H. Hugman and Con Corazon Awards will also be announced. Nominations for these awards close on Friday, Sept. 4; submit your nomination today!

Immediately following the program, we will host a partner networking reception. This free industry event is truly an action-packed, information-filled one that you won't want to miss! Invite your colleagues and team members!

Please RSVP to Shanna Smith at ShannaSmith@visitsanantonio.com, by Friday, October 30. We look forward to seeing all of our partners on November 3!
Host an AAHA Luncheon in 2016!
AAHA Request for Proposals

It's that time of year!  AAHA is gathering RFPs from member venues that would like to host a luncheon in 2016.  When submitting your RFP, please follow the guidelines below: 
  • Venue must be current members
  • All months are available, except April and May (reserved for SeaWorld & Six Flags)
  • Please indicate your 1st and 2nd choice for hosting.The sooner you submit, the more likely you are to get your month of choice
  • Luncheons are the third Thursday of every month
  • When submitting your RFP, please include the point of contact name, email address, physical address, and phone number
  • Please submit RFP to programs@alamoareahospitalityassociation.com
  • All submissions are due on or before October 1, 2015
If your venue is unable to host a luncheon, but is interested in hosting a happy hour, member mixer or other type of event, please indicate your interest to Stephanie Farias at steph@texicangifts.com. Your email will be collected and you will be contacted to confirm such an event. 
Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities
Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:

Courtyard by Marriott SeaWorld Westover Hills
Sales & Event Coordinator

This is a full time, hourly position with the work schedule being Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  For more information or to submit your resume, please contact Courtney Brewer, Senior Sales Manager at 210-591-6726.


If you have a hot job and want to post it in the newsletter, please email Patti Martin the details. Visit our job bank on the AAHA website for more hot jobs!
Thank you for your partnership! 
To all September Fishbowl donors!   

SAPD Bears Delivery
AAHA Gives Back Comfort to Kids

The AAHA Community Outreach Committee had the pleasure of meeting two of SAPD's finest and delivering the stuffed animals that were collected in August for the SAPD Teddy Bear Drive. 

The Teddy Bear Program was designed with the intention of officers keeping teddy bears in their patrol cars and handing them out to children who have either witnessed or been a victim of a crime. Hopefully these bears will provide comfort during a child's difficult time. Thank you to all of the AAHA Members and partners that donated these little tokens of comfort to kids of San Antonio. 
September Luncheon Pics
Orange you glad you joined us at the September luncheon at the San Antonio Food Bank?! We sure are! Here's a few pics. 
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AAHA October Lunch Meeting!
Maggiano's Little Italy

Join your AAHA family at Maggiano's at the Rim for a family style Italian lunch; Maggiano's never disappoints! Our very own David Uminski will be speaking on the benefits of interns and how to partner with St. Philips College for potential interns.

We will also be announcing and voting on the 2016 AAHA Board of Directors candidates. Each candidate will make a brief nomination speech and voting (and dessert) will conclude the meeting.

Don't forget to bring your donation item for Daisy's Closet and Cupboard. We are collecting hygiene products, girls clothing and canned/dry goods/non-perishable food items.
See full article above for more information. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Maggiano's Little Italy
17603 I-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257

*This link if for members-to-be; members please check your inbox or e-mail our registration chair at: registration@alamoareahospitalityassociation.com
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