Leeds: Vote for your hotel hero 2011

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the time has arrived for you to choose the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association Award’s Unsung Hero 2011.

We need you to vote for the person who, in your opinion, has gone that extra mile to drive forward Leeds’s multi-million pound hotel and venues industry.

A shortlist of 14 champions for the YEP-backed Unsung Hero category will be revealed over the next two days in the paper and online at www.yorkshire eveningpost.co.uk.

Once you have picked your favourite, email: shirley.whitehead@ypn.co.uk and type the name of the person who you think deserves to win in the subject bar of your email.

Voting opens at noon tomorrow and will remain open until noon on Friday June 10. Only one vote is permitted per person per day. Competing for the Unsung Hero 2011 title are:

* Neil Spence, an engineer at Park Plaza Leeds, who braved the elements to work a 72 hour shift to make sure that guests were not affected when gusty winds hit the city.

* Chris Allen, an operations manager at Royal Armouries (International) plc, who worked his way up from waiter to be in charge of floats, change, banking and stock for the venue’s bars.

* Ruta Paulauskiene, 37, a housekeeping supervisor at Jurys Inn Leeds. Her bosses say that since her arrival in 2005, bedrooms, floors and guest corridors have never been so sparkling.

* Steven Heppleston, 53, a maintenance technician at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel, who makes sure the estate – both inside and out – is up to scratch for visiting guests.

* Paul Abram, 64, a storeman at De Vere Oulton Hall, who starts work at 5.30am each day to take stock of deliveries to check the quality and quantity of deliveries of everything from vine ripened tomatoes to table napkins.

* Rachel Smithson, 38, financial controller, also at De Vere Oulton Hall, who is pushing eco-friendly initiatives that the hotel could embrace and save money while helping the environment.

* Carole Brown, 53, rooms assistant at Well Met Conferencing, who goes above and beyond her cleaning duties and helps toward the general upkeep of the building, logging maintenance requests and taking on additional health and safety training.

The Unsung Hero 2011 winner will be announced at a black tie dinner at the Mariott Hotel in Leeds on June 16.

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