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The Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County Honors Their Employees; 

The Lodging Employee of the Year Awarded
to Maryclaire Pendergast

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - October 8, 2009 - The Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County under the leadership of Bob Davis CEO / President, recognized their employees at the 5th annual employee of the year appreciation luncheon. It was held at the new Mori Hosseini Center located on the campus of Daytona State College

Awards were given to hospitality employees, nominated by their respective properties, who were deemed as exemplary in their commitment and attention to customer service.  

Award winners included: 

  • Lodging Employee of the Year  Maryclaire Pendergast (The Shores Resort and Spa); 
  • Bellperson of the Year  Dylan Delsman (The Shores Resort and Spa); 
  • Room Attendant of the Year  Sarah Wilson (20 years at the Sun Viking Lodge);  
  • Guest Services Employee of the Year  Janie Powell (Marriott International) and Arlene Haltiwanger  (Best Western Castillo Del Sol);
  • Food and Beverage Employee of the Year  Dave Libor (11 years at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront); 
  • Engineer/Maintenance Employee of the Year  Kyle Gantous (30 years at the Ramada Inn Speedway) 
  • Sales and Marketing Employee of the Year  Janice Griffin, with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry (Bahama House);
  • Security Employee of the Year  Ryan Wood (Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront). 
Each winner received $100 bonus and a plaque. 

Evelyn Fine, President / CEO of Mid Florida Marketing and Research received the first Tom Staed Hospitality Award recognizing her for all her years of work in the hospitality industry. 

Bob Davis stated “we are who we are because of our employees.” Look at the longevity of these employees at their hotels, wow. 

The Hotel and Lodging Association of Volusia County is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, home of Daytona International Speedway, and is one of Florida's largest and most influential trade groups. Its membership includes owners, operators and management teams, as well as a lot of organizations that do business with the hospitality and tourism industry. The Association provides a vehicle for cooperation among all members of the hotel industry.


Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County
Bob Davis
CEO / President


Also See: Sharon Mock, President of the Daytona Beach Area CVB Recipient of the Hospitality Leadership Award from the Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County / September 2008

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