King’s efforts on behalf of staff honored with 2016 Community Partnership Award
Vail, Colorado – October 26, 2016 – What began as a simple desire to help her housekeeping staff gain education has won Antlers at Vail hotel General Manager Magdalena King an award from the Colorado Association of Libraries. Recently promoted to GM after 10 years working at the Platinum-ranked Vail, Colorado, hotel – five of them as Assistant Manager – the Ecuadorian-born King was presented with the 2016 Community Partnership Award this month at the library association’s annual conference held in Loveland.
King first reached out to the Vail Public Library several years ago looking to form a Spanish book club to promote literacy with the Antlers housekeeping staff. The partnership with the local library took off and, setting a goal of helping 100 percent of her staff receive high school equivalency, King went on to coordinate financial literacy education through Common Cents for Colorado at Vail Public Library; on-site English as a second language classes through The Literacy Project; assistance and support in completion of GED’s through Colorado Mountain College; and support toward achieving individual citizenship status.
“Magda is an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for continuing education and personal development opportunities for her staff,” said Lori A. Barnes, Town Librarian and Director of Vail Public Library in an article about King’s award in the Vail Daily.
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, King is conscious of her unusual role as a Latina businesswoman. “I am a minority in our hospitality professional world,” she says. “I feel honored to have been selected as Antlers general manager – and now to be the recipient of this recognition from the Colorado Association of Libraries; however, I am not the hero of this story. I want to recognize all those housekeepers and housemen who, after a long, hard day’s work, go home to open a book, learn and do homework. Those are the people who make the Antlers such a special place. I am privileged to work for them.”
About Antlers at Vail:
Antlers at Vail hotel offers a relaxed Vail lodging experience in a fabulous mountain setting and has achieved Vail’s Platinum lodging rating, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and GreenLeader status, was ranked a “best ski hotel for families” by Curbed Ski and received the 2016 Community Impact Award from the Vail Valley Partnership. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four-bedroom penthouses, the Antlers has an A+ location on the banks of Gore Creek, just steps from restaurants, galleries, shops, free Vail town shuttle and the Lionshead Gondola. For more information and reservations visit www.antlersvail.com.