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Marilyn and Carl Faulkner Honored by NEIRA

WILLIAMSTOWN — Marilyn and Carl Faulkner, former owners of the Williams Inn in Williamstown, were awarded the NEIRA Life Membership Award at the NEIRA (New England Inns and Resorts Assoc.) annual meeting.

The Faulkners owned and managed a number of inns and hotels throughout New England. Carl attended Bentley University and began his career in hospitality shortly after graduating, starting out as a lobby porter, followed by an elevator operator, and then a relief doorman. By 1965, he was assistant manager of a Ramada Inn, advancing to general manager by 1967.

Carl and Marilyn were married in 1967, and in 1968 they began running their first inn, the Governor Bradford Motor Inn in Plymouth. The Faulkners, staples in the New England hospitality industry for decades, began managing the Williams Inn in 1979, running the property until their retirement in 2014. They received the award for their tourism-industry work and participation with NEIRA throughout their careers.

NEIRA is a collection of more than 250 independently owned and operated lodging properties throughout New England. NEIRA life members are individuals who have been active members of the association for at least 10 years and have since retired from the hospitality business.

Today, the Williams Inn is owned by Williams College and managed by Main Street Hospitality Group. For more information, call (413) 458-9371 or visit www.williamsinn.com.

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