Hard Rock International Recognizes Top ‘Rock Stars’

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO—Hard Rock International has named the winners of its 2014 awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and dedication of employees, franchisees and partners throughout the year during the brand’s global conference held at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya here. 

Hard Rock selected the top “rock stars” from more than 197 Hard Rock venues in 62 countries and hundreds of partners worldwide. The awards were chosen based on financial performance, sales accomplishments, community contributions, creativity, strategic marketing, philanthropy, brand loyalty and leadership.

The conference’s top awards were presented to:

• Hotel of the Year: Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

• Casino of the Year: Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

Hard Rock honored several key partners selected from hundreds of brands around the globe, naming Ecolab as Culinary Partner of the Year; EOI as Retail Partner of the Year; Anheuser-Busch/Inbev as Global Beverage Partner of the Year; and Bacardi USA as Event Beverage Partner of the Year. Hard Rock executives also presented the Project Development Partner of the Year award to EXA Construction and IT Partner of the Year to Quality Retail Systems.

“The Hard Rock venue, partner and employee winners all bring a tremendous level of dedication and commitment to our world-famous brand,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International. “We are proud to be able to honor them and show our appreciation for their achievements this past year.”

Hard Rock International’s Global Conference brings together team members from all over the world, including company and franchise-owned cafés, hotels and casinos, as well as key corporate partners in the retail, culinary, beverage and project development industries.