2021 Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

Staff Report

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

We received so many amazing stories of wonderful individuals who make in our tourism community great. It was very difficult to narrow it down to the top finalists in each category. Please keep scrolling to see if your nominee is a finalist!

A Word About the Selection Process

Each nomination is assigned a reference number. Then, any information that would allow a selection committee member to ascertain the identity or even the company where the nominee works is removed from all documents given to the committee.

This blind selection process means that only the stories told and the quality of the nominee is taken into consideration during the selection process. Even at the conclusion of the process, the identities of the winners and finalists are not revealed to the committee. This email is the first time that even the selection committee is learning the identities of the individual the committee selected.
All of us on the TLC team would like to extend our sincerest thanks the Award and Scholarship Selection Committee for their tireless efforts. The committee work requires a large amount of reading, reviewing, and discussion along with a significant time commitment.
On half of the Award and Scholarship Selection Committee, the Board of Directors, and the members of the Tourism Leadership Council, we are proud to announce the finalists below. We extend our warmest congratulations to all of the incredible nominees this year!

Best Front Desk / Concierge Employee

Teresa Harris, Savannah Lodging
Shelina Vinson, Visit Savannah
Wanell Guyette, The Eliza Thompson House

Best Valet / Bellman

James Green, J.W. Marriott Plant Riverside District
Kevin Frazier, Olde Harbour Inn
Vincent Keitt, Parking Management Company

Best Tour Guide

Anthony Hall, Old Town Trolley
Chris Oliver, Kelly Tours
Denise Coleman, Old Town Trolley

Best Support Staff

Tonya Jackson, The Gastonian
Henry Edwards, Perry Lane Hotel
Phyllis Frierson, Savannah Airport Commission

Best Server

Patricia Irby, Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District
Brittany Lynch, Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery
Condy Jenkins, Stone & Webster Chophouse

Best Housekeeper

Luisa Negrete, The Brice Hotel
Lillian Green, Hyatt Regency Savannah
Irene David, J.W. Marriott Plant Riverside District

Service Leader

Vicki Hendricks, Tybee Vacation Rentals
Delores Yeldell, Savannah Lodging
George Hawkins, The Bohemian Hotel

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