Media Contact: Fred Tibbitts, Jr.

17 March 2012



“A Spring Evening in Singapore with Very Special Friends”

Mandarin Orchard Singapore 15 March 2012


Singapore – The Ninth Annual FTA “A Spring Evening in Singapore with Very Special Friends” at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore proved to be another memorable event for the eighty guests, who included two of the FTA 2012 honorees, hotel senior executives, presidents, vice presidents, managing directors, industry VIP’s, industry press and sponsors.


The reception was trade show style, showcasing the products and services of the sponsors.  All guests were formally announced by Nicole Chew, Branding & Communications Executive, Mandarin Orchard Singapore and gonged by Daisy Yew, Chief Meritus Ambassador, Mandarin Orchard Singapore.


The four-course gala dinner brought Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO of Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. to the podium, who welcomed the guests and within his opening remarks, urged one and all to do more for those less fortunate.


The eleven Loyalty Toasts by several of the dinner’s VIP’s, including Andrew Hickey, Vice President, Meritus Hotels; Roger Lienhard, Senior Vice President, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore; Dean Schreiber, Senior Vice President, Pan Pacific Hotels Group; Peter Knipp, CEO, Peter Knipp Holdings Pte Ltd; Christophe Megel, Chief Executive Officer, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy; Chris Chan, Dean, Cornell Nanyang Institute; Eve Felder, Managing Director, The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore; Jake Jacob, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Gerard Bertrand Wines; Lionel Kapetanekos, Vice President Institutional, South East Asia & India, Ecolab; Elaine Lek, Director of Group Strategic Planning & Brand Marketing; and Kevin King, Managing Director-China, Micros Financial Services.


Fred Tibbitts then announced that FTA was making a donation of USD$500.00 each to UNICEF and UN-HABITAT from a portion of the dinner proceeds.


The 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence were announced as follows: 


2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence

Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity, Inc.

(Parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants)


2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – North America

Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications

Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International

Recognition Accepted by

Oscar Postma, Executive Assistant Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore


2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – Asia Pacific

A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Executive Officer

Pan Pacific Hotels Group

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Executive Recruiter &

Human Resources Leader

Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer,

The Boutique Search Firm


2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator

CLKclk, Inc.

Greg Demetri, CEO


2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian

Dr. Joan Clos, MD

Under Secretary-General and Executive Director

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)


The 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be presented along with scholarships in the names of those whom we honor for those based in Asia Pacific at Hong Kong on 9 October at The Langham, Hong Kong and for those based in North America at New York City at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites on 13 November.


The menu was superbly crafted and the dinner skillfully prepared by Executive Chef, Martin Braecker; while the wines were artfully paired by famed New York wine educator, Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program.


Fred Tibbitts & Associates is a social entrepreneurship and the leading global wine, spirits and related services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels, restaurants and event management companies, based at Menands, New York and Bangkok, Thailand.


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