Samantha Sommers and Mall of America Group - Exceptional Tourism Ambassador

Samantha Sommers Exceptional Tourism Ambassador

Joe Espinoza and Brackets Group - Team Spirit Hospitality Award

Joe Espinoza Brackets Group

Kate Chipinski Shining Star Hospitality Award

Kate Chipinski Shining Star Hospitality Award

Tim Wethor and Group - Top Shelf Hospitality Award

Tim Wethor and Group - Top Shelf Hospitality Award

Kathy Leake and Group Spirit of Family Hospitality Award

Kathy Leake and Group Spirit of Family Hospitality Award


Karla Hartmann and Arts Center Excellence In Customer Service


Lakeville Chamber Hospitality Awards

Lakeville Chamber Hospitality Awards

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STAR HOSPITALITY AWARDS The Lakeville Convention & Visitors Bureau in connection with the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce honor up to 5 exceptional Hospitality Employees each May at a Tourism Luncheon ceremony! Recipients will also be recognized with a beautifully engraved crystal Star Award and on a plaque that resides in the Chamber and CVB office.

Nominations can be submitted by employers beginning February 1 of each year. A nomination form can be obtained on this website, from the chamber office, or by emailing What a great way to say thank you to dedicated and exceptional employees!

Congratulations to this years award winners!


Eric Perez Nava2016 Hospitality Award Winners


Cook, MN Horse & Hunt and The Wilds Golf Club

Eric Perez Nava has been employed at both the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club as well as The Wilds Golf Club working as a cook for over 15 years. “Eric consistently impresses the management and staff with his solid knowledge and is always positive and cheerful” enthused Judy Ulrich Sales and Event Manager at MN Horse & Hunt Club. Terry Correll, General Manager of MN Horse & Hunt Club also speaks highly of Eric, “He is a rock under stress having the most remarkable ability to adapt in a crisis while displaying a professional positive attitude. Eric is truly a leader and sets an excellent example to other employees!”  


Marie DanelskiMarie Danelski/ SPIRIT OF FAMILY AWARD

Manager, Chart House Restaurant

here is a consistent theme among Chart House employees, owners and customers – Marie Danelski is “an amazing women”. Chances are you know Marie if you’ve dined at the restaurant, as she has been employed at the Chart House for 34 years. As the “go to employee” Marie has done almost all jobs, from manager to hostess and is responsible for the beautiful landscaping and upkeep of the lakeside gardens. Owner Josh Ruppert thinks of Marie as family and stated “Marie came with the purchase of the property and we feel extremely fortunate that she did!” 


Kyle MorrisKyle Morris/ TOP SHELF AWARD

Bartender, Green Mill Restaurant

When Kyle Morris is bartending, you will feel welcomed. He loves to laugh and inspires the same in others. Employees, management and customers alike confirm that Kyle will drop everything to help out in a pinch, going the extra mile to get the job done. “Kyle takes great pride in guest satisfaction and is extremely knowledgeable of

the Green Mill brand, policies and procedures. For the past 5 years, Kyle has shown that he is a leader – young and new staff especially look up to him” says his General Manger Marisa Johnson. 



Manager, Baymont Inn & Suites

Nicole Larson has develop rewarding relationships in the 20 years she has been employed at the Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly AmericInn). “Some guests will only work with Nicole. It always makes me smile when callers will ‘call back’ when Nicole is in” says owner Nehal Patel. “It’s because Nicole makes the extra effort to know our guests and their preferences and ensures they have the best possible stay.” Nicole is extremely knowledgeable of the hotel’s business and serves as a leader, always with a calm demeanor and willingness to help. She keeps abreast of area events and festivals as well as popular tourism attractions so she can inform visitors and residents alike. 


James OmearaJames O’Meara/EVERY DAY HERO

Banquet Support, Brackett’s Crossing Country Club

For the past 5 years James O’Meara has been an integral team member and is viewed as an ambassador of Brackett’s Crossing Country Club. If you look up the meaning of the word hospitality, you should find James O’Meara. James loves his job and it shows. He treats everyone with respect and friendliness. “James is superpositive, professional, self-motivated, extremely hard working and always willing to help” says General Manger Steve Allen. “James consistently receives rave reviews and truly possesses rare relationship building abilities as he listens, understands and then executes the needs of our members and customers.


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