2017 New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame inductees announced

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New Mexico Hospitality Association announces Charles Gray & David Hayduk as 2017 inductees into New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame

Inductees will be honored at New Mexico True Governor’s Conference

New Mexico Hospitality Association has announced Charles Gray and David Hayduk as the 2017 inductee class for the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame.

Gray and Hayduk will be inducted into the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m., at the Hall of Fame Dinner presented by New Mexico Hospitality Association. The Hall of Fame Dinner will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

A selection committee of hospitality and tourism representatives from across the state evaluates the finalists and selects inductees based on at least a 10-year career of service to growing the tourism industry of New Mexico.

“The hospitality and tourism industry would not be one of New Mexico’s strongest industries if it wasn’t for the years of hard work and leadership Charlie and David dedicated to this industry,” New Mexico Hospitality Association President & CEO Jen Schroer said. “Charlie and David spent years working with lodgers and destinations to build up New Mexico into an authentic destination with wonderful hospitality professionals. We are incredibly honored to welcome Charlie and David into the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame.”

Gray enters the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame with a hospitality career that spans seven decades. Over the course of Gray’s career, he has served leadership roles with a variety of organizations that work to strengthen New Mexico tourism. Gray has served as the Executive Director for Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association (GAIA) since 2007 and the Executive Director for the Santa Fe Lodgers Association since 2009. Gray also serves as a Board Member for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Gray was also the former President and Chairman of the Board for the New Mexico Lodging Association (currently the New Mexico Hospitality Association), and was selected as Innkeeper of the Year in 2003. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Gray worked as the General Manager for the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque for nine years. Over the course of his career, Gray worked as a General Manager for Marriott International, Hilton and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in Arizona, North Carolina, Chicago, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hayduk enters the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame after spending decades in the marketing and advertising industry, representing many New Mexico tourism clients over the years. Hayduk owns, operates and directs HK Advertising, a full-service firm that has served as a driving force for the hospitality and tourism industry for 35 years. HK Advertising has represented New Mexico hospitality and tourism clients across New Mexico, such as: Santa Fe County, Town of Red River, City of Roswell, City of Alamogordo, City of Deming, Los Alamos County, City of Gallup, Town of Angel Fire, City of Grants, New Mexico Film Commission, Town of Chama, New Mexico Scenic Byways and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center among others. Hayduk served as past Chairman of the Board for the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Association of New Mexico (currently the New Mexico Hospitality Association). He currently serves as a Board Member for the Santa Fe Restaurant Association and the past Board President for the Tri-Area Council for Economic Development.

Those who wish to attend the Hall of Fame Dinner on May 9 must register for the event at www.newmexicohospitality.org/2017-hall-fame-dinner. The Hall of Fame Dinner is the signature evening event during the 2017 New Mexico True Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism, May 7-10 in Albuquerque.