Huntington alumnus honored with two awards

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—For more than 10 years he arrived at the office at 6 am – rain, shine, snow or ice – rarely missing a day. Ken Lupp, senior sales manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, has been recognized for a decade of such dedication by both the Benchmark Hospitality International 10 Years of Service Award and the Religious Conference Management Association President’s Award.

Tade Allen, director of sales at The Founders Inn and Spa applauds Lupp. “He always met his annual sales goal. He exceeded it by 18 percent in fiscal year 2007 and is tracking to do the same in our current fiscal year. He grew ADR year over year, typically by 5-8 percent, and expanded the association market by 72 percent from the previous year.” Allen continues, “It’s not only the impressive sales results that sets him apart, but his integrity, pleasant demeanor and consistency with his clients. He’s assisted through the years as a mentor for other sales managers and has given freely of his time to help co-workers. His clients come back to him repeatedly throughout the last decade. He’s a fine example for all of us.”

Lupp attended every RCMA annual conference for the past 18 years and served with distinction as a member of the association’s board of directors. A champion new member recruiter, he brought in more religious meeting planners into RCMA membership than any other associate member of the organization.

“Thank you,” Lupp responds in his typically humble yet straightforward manner. ”To me, there is no greater honor in business than to be recognized by your peers.”

Raised in Pennsylvania, he graduated from Huntington College in 1965, with a major in education and an emphasis on mathematics. Formerly an elementary and middle school principal, he chose to take his compassion, patience and leadership to the business community 18 years ago. Lupp will continue his employment on a part-time capacity for The Founders Inn and Spa and as a consultant in the religious market.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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