WVDE Employee Nationally Recognized for Contributions to Hospitality Education

March 25, 2002

West Virginia Department of Education employee Gene Coulson has recently been awarded the prestigious “Lamp of Knowledge” Award by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). Coordinator for the Office of Hospitality Education and Training (HEAT), Coulson has been recognized for this award because of his significant contributions to the hospitality education and training industry.  

As coordinator for the HEAT program, Coulson manages several hospitality education programs, including Travel West Virginia, Pro Start Restaurant Management Program and the Lodging Management Program for high schools in the 53 of the state’s 55 counties. He also coordinates adult hospitality training for many businesses across the state and serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Travel and Hospitality Association.  

Coulson will be recognized as one of those who “shines brighter than the rest” at the Stars of the Industry Luncheon on Thursday, April 4 at the AHLA’s Annual Conference and Leadership Forum in Philadelphia, Pa.

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