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North Carolina’s hospitality industry is brimming with outstanding leaders who go above and beyond, raising the bar for excellence in performance, service and commitment to the industry. The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Annual Stars of the Industry Awards recognize exemplary performance and qualities that set the high standards for the industry to achieve.

The Stars of the Industry Awards allow hotel and restaurant operators to nominate industry leaders, offering recognition within the association and across the state for their outstanding contributions and distinguished service.

 

Nominations are now open through Nov. 30, for the Stars of the Industry Awards, 2018. The NCRLA Awards Committee will determine the awards' recipients, and awards will be presented during the NCRLA Stars of the Industry reception on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center in Durham. 

Restaurateur of the Year

Nominees must be restaurant members in good standing with NCRLA. This award honors a restaurant owner or company that is viewed as highly successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees and the community. Other areas of consideration include the nominee’s ability as an operator and his/her community involvement. In addition, nominees should have made contributions to the industry on the basis of his/her own business ethics, and have enhanced the overall image of the food service industry. In general, nominees should show an interest in protecting and promoting the food service industry. Previous winners.

 

Restaurant Employee of the Year

Two awards will be given in this category to celebrate deserving employees at the management level and line level. Please feel free to nominate more than one deserving employee accordingly. Nominees must display outstanding service and a commitment to excellence in hospitality. Nominees must have been employed at a member restaurant for one year as of Nov. 1, 2016, and carry themselves with professionalism and display leadership abilities. Previous winners.

 

Lodging Operator of the Year

Nominees must be lodging members in good standing with NCRLA. This award honors hotel owner or company that is viewed as highly successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees, and the community. Other areas of consideration include the nominee’s ability as an operator and his/her community involvement. In addition, nominees should have made contributions to the industry on the basis of his/her own business ethics, and have enhanced the overall image of the lodging industry. In general, nominees should show an interest in protecting and promoting the hospitality industry. General Managers, management company executives and property owners are eligible. Previous winners.

 

Lodging Employee of the Year

Two awards will be given in this category to celebrate deserving employees at the management level and line level. Please feel free to nominate more than one deserving employee accordingly. Nominees must display outstanding service and a commitment to excellence in hospitality. Nominees must have been employed at a member lodging establishment for one year as of Nov. 1, 2016, and carry themselves with professionalism and display leadership abilities Previous winners.

 

Hospitality Supplier of the Year

Nominees must be individuals working for allied members of the hospitality industry and must be in good standing with NCRLA. This award honors a company or representative that is viewed as highly successful in the eyes of his/her fellow operators, employees, and the community. Nominees should have made contributions to the industry on the basis of his/her own business ethics and have contributed to the overall image of the hospitality industry. In general, nominees should show an interest in protecting and promoting the hospitality industry. Previous winners.

 

Griff and June Glover Award
This award honors an NCRLA member who has gone above and beyond in their service to the association. The nominee should be someone who has contributed significant time and energy to help NCRLA accomplish its mission. The award is named after long time members Griff and June Glover of Pizza Inn and Diversified Foods. Previous winners.

 

Hospitality  Champion Award

This award honors the state legislator who has made the most legislative headway for the hospitality in the preceding legislative session. Previous winners.

 

NCRLA Lifetime Achievement Award
This award will be given when appropriate to a member who has achieved significant success in the North Carolina hospitality industry. This award was instituted last year and given posthumously to Ken Conrad of Libby Hill Seafood. Previous winners

 

Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community
This award honors members who make significant charitable impacts within their communities. Previous winners

 

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