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Patel honored with Kemmons Wilson Service Award

Lake Oswego resident Bakulesh "Buggsi" Patel, president and CEO of BHG Hotels has received the Kemmons Wilson Service Award by IHG Owners Association, which represents InterContinental Hotels Group franchise hotel owners worldwide.

IHG Owners Association 2017 Chairman Allen Fusco presented Patel with the honor during the organization's annual American Conference held June 19 in Las Vegas.

Created and named in honor of the late Holiday Inn founder, the Kemmons Wilson Award is bestowed upon an individual who has significantly contributed to the Association for the betterment of the entire IHG system.

"Buggsi's contributions and dedication to the association aligns with the Kemmons Wilson Award criteria perfectly," said Fusco. "Throughout Buggsi's career, he has operated hotels with high quality standards and displayed best practices in all areas of hotel operations — and his dedication to the association is greatly appreciated."

Patel served as 2014 chair of the IHG Owners Association. He has held leadership roles in other lodging associations, most notably the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the Washington Lodging Association and the Oregon Lodging Association.

Sitka Center acquires Grass Mountain

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology has completed the acquisition of Grass Mountain, an 80-acre property within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

About a mile from Sitka's existing location, Grass Mountain will operate as a second site. Over time, Sitka will offer workshops, residencies and new programming at this location.

The acquisition was made possible by gifts from more than two dozen donors, including Maribeth Collins and the Gray, McKee and Schnitzer families. Grass Mountain's acquisition is also credited to the patience, generosity and creative vision of founders Frank and Jane Boyden.

In the coming months, the public will be invited to visit the site, located in Otis, Ore.

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— The Review, Tidings

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