Visit Sarasota County to Announce Annual National Tourism Week Awards



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Visit Sarasota County to Announce Annual National Tourism Week Awards
More than 50 Members of the Hospitality Industry Nominated

Sarasota, FL-(April 26, 2013)-Visit Sarasota County (VSC) will announce the recipients of the 2013 National Tourism Week Awards at a ceremony breakfast held at Westfield Southgate Mall at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013.  All nominees were nominated by their peers with the winners, except for Voice of Sarasota, being voted on by a selection panel comprised of members in the hospitality industry.  All nominees will be honored and recognized at this event.  

Categories for this year’s awards are:

Voice of Sarasota

Guest Service Excellence–Management

Guest Service Excellence– Front Line

Guest Service Excellence–Heart of the House

Guest Service Excellence–Lodging

Guest Service Excellence–Volunteer


The following individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry in Sarasota County were nominated:


Al Alsina (Spring Hill Suites by Marriott);  Anthony (Tony) Gonzalez (Marina Jack); Barbara & Ian McKenzie (Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota); Barbara Slater (The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art); Beth Jefferson (Spring Hill Suites); Brenna Wilhm (Juno and Jove); Cari Gardner (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota) Carmel Koos (Hyatt Regency Sarasota; Carol Danisi (Hyatt Regency Sarasota); Carol Clark (Holiday Inn Lido Beach); Chris Anders (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota); Clyde Jenkins (Marina Jack), Dana Scott (Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton); Dawn Bear (Tropical Beach Resorts); Deb Weis (Quality Inn I75); Debbie Allen (Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar); Elizabeth Rodriquez (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota); Estephany Ortiz (Quality Inn I75); Iain Webb (Sarasota Ballet); Jason Mumford (O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill); Joe and Pat Seidensticker (Libby’s Café +Bar); Judith Vasquez (Residence Inn by Marriott); Kara Michon (O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill); Kate Heddings (Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant); Kenan Uzun (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota); Kevin Greene (The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art); Linda Wiegand (Excelsior Beach to Bay Condominiums); Lisa Markunas (Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Venice); Lisa Seidensticker (Libby’s Café + Bar); Liz Bright (Longboat Key Club and Resort); Mandi Wolters (Marina


Jack); Mario Ponce (Marina Jack); Michael Duranko (Local Coffee + Tea); Michele Reisdorf (Residence Inn by Marriott); Paige Bower (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota); Patricia Romig (Courtyard by Marriott); Rick Benninghove (Longboat Key Club and Resort); Risa Segal (Longboat Key Club and Resort); Ryan Devine (Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Residence Club) Ryan Hill (Libby’s Café + Bar); Sabrina Peterson (Ramada Hotel of Venice); Sandy McGowan (Venice Main Street); Sherman Young (Longboat Key Club and Resort); Susie Zavodnyik (Venice Main Street Inc.); Tammy Calhoun (Palm Bay Club); Terry Rixse (Sarasota Film Festival); Tina Matthews (Sarasota Bay Explorers); Tommy Vaughan-Birch (Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium); Tyson Nales (The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota); Walter Kruse (Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium); Wayne Genthner (Wolfmouth Charters); Wilmer Pearson (The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art)and Yvonne Gooldy (Sarasota Film Festival).

Also being announced at this event will be the “Voice of Sarasota” award which is voted on by the Visit Sarasota County Board of Directors and goes to a member of the Sarasota County community that has succeeded in putting Sarasota County on a national stage.  A press announcement with the winning recipients will be issued immediately following the Thursday morning event.   

Sponsors of this year’s awards celebration are as follows:  Chappell Roberts, Westfield Southgate, Tampa Bay Rays, Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc.; Tropical Beach Resort; Crow’s Nest Restaurant and

Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world.  It is the mission of VSC is to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast.