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Best Western Hotels & Resorts Exec Wins Sales and Marketing Award

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Dorothy Dowling, SVP & CMO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, has been named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Woman of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Category in the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide. 

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized with this award,” says Dowling. “I truly believe that by hiring the right boss and cultivating the right team, anything is possible in a career. I am fortunate to have the strength of my team at Best Western Hotels & Resorts behind me and am excited to see what the future holds.”

Dowling is a seasoned hospitality industry executive who is a leader, change-maker, innovator and trusted colleague in the marketing landscape. Leading all marketing and sales strategies for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Dowling oversees the brand’s loyalty program, consumer and field marketing activities, advertising, public relations and e-commerce. Since joining Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2004, Dowling has implemented a number of measures to increase market share and contemporize the iconic brand.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Dorothy over the last 15 years,” says David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “With an innovative and strategic mind, Dorothy has played an integral role in increasing market share and contemporizing the iconic Best Western brand.”

The accolade comes on the heels of Dowling being named a “Top 40 Women in Travel” in 2019 by WINiT by GBTA – a network focused on the advancement of women professionals in the industry. Previously Dowling has been honored with numerous awards including the prestigious “Allied Member of the Year” award at the GBTA convention in 2018 for her valued stewardship in the business travel industry. In 2017, Dowling was named as one of Hotel Management magazine's "30 Influential Women in Hospitality,” for her trailblazing leadership, and she was named the 18th most influential Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in the world in the Forbes/ScribbleLive/LinkedIn’s 4th Annual CMO Influence Study in 2015. Additionally, she was among HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing two times; and in 2014, was inducted into the Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

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