Robert Cook, out-going chief executive of De Vere Hotels and De Vere Village Urban Resorts, said receiving the Brakes Industry Dinner Award 2014 was a "great end to a bad week".
Cook (pictured) was presented with the award by Alan Halliday of Brakes, at last night's HIT Scotland Industry Dinner, held at the Hilton Glasgow. He is the 20th recipient of the accolade, which is presented to an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry in Scotland.
The award presentation came just two days after the surprise announcement that Cook and three of his colleagues within the De Vere Group were being made redundant due to a decision to streamline the management structure of the company following the sale of De Vere Venues.
Janet Harmer, hotels editor at Caterer and Hotelkeeper, told the 500 guests at the dinner that Cook is "an industry giant" who has achieved a tremendous amount and continues to influence many people within the industry.
"The next chapter of his career is yet to be written, however, I know we should expect great things."
Last night's dinner raised more than £60,000 which will go towards supporting the development of emerging talent in the hospitality industry.