An award-winning hotel door attendant on why travelers ‘are hooked’ when they come to Bo …

an award winning hotel door attendant on why travelers are hooked when they come to boston

A longtime Boston door attendant who calls himself “an ambassador to the city” was awarded the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s highest honor this spring.

James “Jimbo” Leahy, 61, of Hull, a door attendant at Boston Marriott Long Wharf, winner of the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s Outstanding Employee of the Year award, went on to win the AHLA’s prestigious North Star Award out of nearly 300 nominees, part of the organization’s 2020 Stars of the Industry Awards.

The North Star Award “recognizes someone who demonstrates leadership and extraordinary devotion to this industry,” wrote the AHLA.

The organization described Leahy as follows: “Known for his warm smile and thoughtful leadership, his love of his property is palpable, working extra hours to support his team over the past year and going above and beyond to make his guests and team feel special and appreciated every day.”

We caught up with Leahy, the father of twins who met his wife Michele on the job decades ago when she was selling trolley tickets, to ask about his win, his job, and what makes Boston a special travel destination.

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