by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 12, 2018) – Comfort Suites employee Rose Andrade was recognized by the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CSCVB) as the 2018 Food & Beverage Employee of the Year. Andrade’s award was presented along with five others at the CSCVB’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
CSCVB is the regional destination management organization for Chicago’s 63 south and southwest suburbs. The luncheon was their opportunity to recognize members, municipalities, and organizations for outstanding service in the hospitality and tourism industry during Fiscal Year 2018.
The guest speaker was State Representative Tim Butler, who is also serving this year as Bicentennial Co-Chair. He spoke about the celebration of the rich history of Illinois; the people, places, events, and contributions that are Illinois #BornBuiltGrown.
The six Stars of the Industry Awards went to these regional employees:
- 2018 Food & Beverage Employee of the Year: Rose Andrade, Comfort Suites – Lansing
- 2018 Administrative Employee of the Year: Emily Balis, Tinley Park Convention Center
- 2018 Guest Service Employee of the Year: Kay Bentley, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – Alsip
- 2018 Housekeeping Employee of the Year: Elia Zavala, Hilton Chicago – Oak Lawn & Conference Center
- 2018 Maintenance Employee of the Year: Luis Padilla, Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center
- 2018 Manager of the Year: Shawnice Dean, Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center
In addition, The CSCVB also presented annual awards highlighting the contributions of members and partners to the tourism and hospitality industry in the Chicago Southland. Lynwood’s Southland Center, A Ho-Chunk National Enterprise, won an Award of Merit for the investments they’ve made in improvements, resulting in increased capacity to host sporting events. “We now have a facility that is home to the largest number of indoor basketball courts under one roof in Illinois,” said a representative from CSCVB. “With the partnership between the Chicago Southland CVB and the Indoor Sports Management team, we’ve hosted tournaments and events in soccer, baseball, basketball, cornhole, taekwondo, and grappling over the years.”
Lotton Art Glass Galley & Studios, in Crete, was honored as Member of the Year. The Lotton family enterprise has been a staple in arts and culture in the Chicago Southland for more than three decades. Glass shapes crafted here in the Chicago Southland have made their way to the Smithsonian, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Art Institute of Chicago. CSCVB described Lotton as “a one-of-a-kind attraction that has drawn in individuals and groups to get a first-hand look at the amazing art of glass blowing. This member is always willing to participate in familiarization tours as well as accommodate tour buses and groups to the region.”
About the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 63 south and southwest suburbs. The CSCVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for meetings and conventions, group tours, sports events, and leisure. More information is available at VisitChicagoSouthland.com.