Villaverde Named Hotelier of the Year

Orlando Business Journal   Date: Friday, February 19, 2011, 2:44pm EST
Alan Villaverde, managing director of The Peabody Orlando and president of Peabody Hotel Division, was named the 2011 Hotelier of the Year by Preferred Hotel Group.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be receiving this year’s award,” said Villaverde. “I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to work closely with Preferred Hotels over the past 18 years, and I look forward to our continued partnership in the years to come.”
Villaverde, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 40 years, joined The Peabody Orlando in 1993 as vice president of Peabody Hotel Group and general manager of the hotel.
After 18 years with the hotel, Villaverde was appointed to managing director in 2010.
During his tenure, The Peabody Orlando has been honored with numerous awards, including the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star, AAA Four Diamond and Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Business Hotels.
Most recently under his leadership, the hotel completed its $450 million expansion.
The Preferred Hotel Group’s Hotelier of the Year recipient is selected from more than 650 member hotels worldwide.