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Antlers General Manager Magdalena King named Tourism Professional of Year

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VAIL — Antlers at Vail General Manager Magdalena King has been named 2017 Tourism Professional of the Year by the Vail Valley Partnership.

"Magda King represents the very best of our community; she embodies the commitment to excellence, service and leadership outlined in this award," Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer said. "Specifically, starting a book club at the Antlers for the staff — which led to employees gaining their GED — is an example of her commitment to the community."

Vail Valley Partnership, Eagle County's nonprofit regional community development organization, hosted its 14th annual Success Awards ceremony May 12. The Success Awards recognize businesses that have excelled over the past year.

King, who joined the Antlers staff in 2007, had been assistant general manager for four years when she was promoted to general manager in October 2016 following the retirement of longtime general manager Rob LeVine.

In addition to her GED program for housekeeping staff, King was instrumental in helping Antlers at Vail receive the Platinum ranking, managing the design and construction upgrades to the hotel's condominiums to meet the standards for Vail's highest-level rating for lodging. King also was lauded as Vail Valley Partnership's Hospitality Professional of the Year in 2014, and in 2016 received the Community Partnership Award from the Colorado Association of Libraries for her ongoing efforts to improve employee literacy, financial stability and individual citizenship status.

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, King has long been conscious of her role as a Latina businesswoman and strives to help employees find success.

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"I feel very honored by this recognition," King said. "But in reality, I am not the hero in this story. All of the employees, these dedicated men and women who, after a long day's work go home to study math, read a book or do homework, are the ones who deserve all the attention and praise. The real honor for me is to work with such amazing staff members who believe in the great hospitality this valley has to offer."