Finalists in the 2017 St Johns County hospitality and tourism industry “Employee of the Year” awards were reported to Historic City News this afternoon. Each winner was recognized at their place of business in a celebration with their co-workers.
Top awards were given in five categories: lodging, attractions, restaurant, retail and government, with 23 individuals recognized for their service in the tourism industry.
Taking home the top awards:
In the accommodations category
Arielle Crooms, Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Augustine I-95
- In the attractions category
Laura Johnson of the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
- In the government category
Theresa Letterman of the City of St. Augustine
- In the retail category
Robin Lousteau of the Colonial Quarter Outpost
- In the restaurant category
Dean Campbell of Casa Monica Resort & Spa
Other nominees included: Kelly Durham, Beachers Lodge; Gillen Durling, Casa Monica Resort & Spa; Hector Hernandez, Beachers Lodge; John Hoot, Casa Monica Resort & Spa; Marielena Scibelli, Howard Johnson Historic; Allie Schukay, Casa Monica Resort & Spa; Jeffrey Taylor, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa; Jill Ursini, Beachers Lodge; Corley Chapman, The Tasting Tours; Robert Hebert, World Golf Hall of Fame; Michelle Powers, ZIPStream’s Castaway Canopy Adventure; Angie Rose, Colonial Quarter; Kelly Lawrence, Casa Monica Resort & Spa; AJ Gruber, Colonial Oak Music Park; Jack Hill, Casa Monica Resort & Spa; Jason Pilacek, Taberna del Cabello; Max Rusch, Bull & Crown Publik House; and John Whitworth, Bull & Crown Publik House and Taberna del Caballo.
Tourism is the largest industry in St. Johns County and supports more than 29,000 jobs. In 2016, there were 6.6 million visitors to Florida’s Historic Coast. While here they spent a total of $1.1 billion providing $24 billion in economic impact.