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As part of your conference pass, you will be invited to our Scholars Luncheon.

NEWH has awarded over $5.3 million in scholarships to over 2,243 students to date…at this luncheon we will give you an overview of the winners of the past year and how NEWH scholarships are making a difference in the industry.

NEWH will also be awarding our NEWH EXCELLENCE AWARD and the $10,000 NEWH Leadership Conference Scholarship during the luncheon.



15187     Industry veteran, and longtime NEWH member, Janice Marko, will be presented the NEWH AWARD of Excellence during the upcoming NEWH Leadership Conference, being held in Denver, CO February 9-11, 2017.

“Janice has made a real difference to NEWH.  As an active member from the Atlanta chapter, it was Janice who conceived the idea of the NEWH regional tradeshows and it was Janice who took the first one to the finish line,” said Shelia Lohmiller, Executive Director of NEWH.  “Bringing a new concept to the industry, and taking it from conception to realization is no easy task, and Janice not only delivered a new product to the organization, but today it’s a product that has the industry on a regular wait list to participate.  Her idea and execution, made NEWH financially secure and brought the industry a new opportunity to share, network and help fulfill the NEWH mission of delivering scholarship funding to those who need it,” added Lohmiller.

Marko, President of Marko International, a retained executive search firm, founded in 1995 and based in Atlanta, specializes in placing strategic talent in the A&D, manufacturing and asset management within the hospitality design industry.

She has held numerous positions within NEWH including serving on the NEWH Inc. Board of Directors as Director/Fundraising, Director/Trade Shows USA and Vice President of Development; President of the Atlanta Chapter, during which time she was inspired to develop the now, highly sought after, NEWH Product Showcase trade shows.

“I am honored to receive the NEWH Award of Excellence.  NEWH has been a large part of my life over the past 17 years.  In my personal life with the many lifelong friends I have meet, as well as my professional development and my career success.  I am proud to be a member of an organization that does so much for not only the young people coming into our industry, but every member of our industry,” said Janice Marko.

Marko has penned numerous articles for (hospitality) industry publications and has presented career management seminars at various industry conferences.
She is exceptionally proud of her work with Dress for Success Atlanta, teaching workshops, enhancing interview skills and empowering disadvantaged woman to achieve economic independence.

A strong campaigner of animal safety and rights, Marko is a volunteer with Happy Tails, a pet therapy organization and Rescue ME Georgia, a 5013c rescue group dedicated to saving dogs from rural shelters and counties outside of Atlanta.

She now resides in the mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia with her best friend and husband, John Louw, and their two dogs, Rocky and Libby and cat Jimmy Choo. She enjoys trout fishing, kayaking and hiking.

102917     I am one of those people that are able to materialize dreams. While some people would argue that I am simply fortunate, I like to think that I am able to focus my energy into what I want. Although I cannot state that I am unafraid of taking risks, I am proud to assert that I am not frightened of trying something new. I was born in Brazil, but I have resided in the United States for over 15 years.

Working in live production and events in the hospitality market has given me the opportunity to meet mazing artists and professionals in the same field. I have had so many doors opened by industry leaders who were willing to share their knowledge and help me compile necessary information to make clever career choices.  Assisting others gives me great gratification. For this reason I feel that furthering my studies with a masters degree is an amazing career investment and the scholarship I am receiving from NEWH will help me achieve exactly that.

My involvement with NEWH today is as a student looking for ways to network and educate myself. My goal after graduation is to take part in future projects that defines new hospitality lifestyles. I want to become proficient with corporate strategies needed to succeed when fusing large-scale performing arts with the hospitality market. I aspire to become a director of entertainment within the hospitality industry where I will be able to provide creative and technical leadership to guide successful teams.

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