Taking Time To Thank The Hospitality Industry

The Hospitality industry is one that we all use but tend to forget that we’re using…unless they do a lousy job serving us.  Too often the people who check us into our hotel rooms, serve us our food and drinks, and who help us get to where we need to go are overlooked in our rush to get to the next place but once every year these forgotten members of the Hospitality industry are given their due at the Hospitality Awards.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary for the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospitality Awards and it was a night to remember.  CVB Director Cheryl DeFrain and Emcee Theo Valley oversaw this evening that shined a light on all of the many people that deserve recognition for everything they do to make your stay, meal, and trip smoother and more enjoyable.  Throughout the year patrons have been asked to fill out survey cards in restaurants, hotels, and other establishments to nominate the places they love to eat, drink, and stay for their exemplary service.  People were also asked to list standout employees that went above and beyond what was needed so those people can be acknowledged as well.  On Thursday, May 23 these people and places that remind us how much we rely on the Hospitality industry were honored and had a night just for themselves.  Not very often do we get a chance to say thank you to the people that make sure our leisure time is as fun and stress free as possible and the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau and their 25th Annual Hospitality Awards made sure all of those folks know how much we appreciate their hard work.

The Winners for the 25th Annual Hospitality Awards

Hospitality Restaurant of the Year

J. Porters American Chophouse

Hospitality Hotel of the Year

Wingate by Wyndham

Community Champion

David White

Gloria J. DeHart Hospitality Ambassador of the Year

Sheryl Champine

Holiday Inn Gateway

 Hotel Front Desk

De’Aidre Avant

Holiday Inn Express of Grand Blanc

Hotel Housekeeper

Angela Murphy

Hampton Inn & Suites

Outstanding Customer Service

Norma Jean Barlow

Holiday Inn Express of Flint


Cherish Cowan

Holiday Inn Gateway

Food Server

Nate Johnson

Residence Inn


Adam Davis

Holiday Inn Gateway


Mary Galloway

Holiday Inn Express of Grand Blanc

Congratulations to one and all for the wonderful jobs they do.