Raleigh, N.C. (February 9, 2018) The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), the voice of North Carolina’s $23 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry, hosted the 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards ceremony last night at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park.

Fifteen members of the hospitality community were recognized for their commitment to the industry. The award winners are selected based on their exemplary service, leadership, innovation and dedication in the restaurant, lodging and hospitality industries. Their commitment to the guest experience makes North Carolina a highlight for visitors from around the world and across the state.

“Our honorees are some of the most devoted and respected members of North Carolina’s restaurant and lodging industry,” said NCRLA President and CEO Lynn Minges. “Our annual Stars of the Industry Awards recognize industry members who consistently provide exemplary service, honoring their dedication and hard work that helps improve the North Carolina hospitality industry year after year.”

The 2018 NCRLA Stars of the Industry Award recipients include:

  • North Carolina House of Representatives Hospitality Champion

Rep. David Lewis

  • North Carolina Senate Hospitality Champion

Sen. Rick Gunn

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to Denise Doyle honoring Barry Doyle, Barry’s Cafe (Raleigh, NC)

  • Hospitality Supplier of the Year

Angie Packer, Tryon Distributing (Charlotte, NC)

  • Restaurateur of the Year

Clark Barlowe, Heirloom Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)

  • The Griff & June Glover Award for Distinguished Service

Scott Maitland, Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery & Distillery (Chapel Hill, NC)

  • Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community

Jason Smith, 18 Restaurant Group (Raleigh, NC)

  • Lodging Employee of the Year

Patrick Hawthorne, The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC)

  • Lodging Manager of the Year

Kevin D’Amico, Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel (Raleigh, NC)

  • Lodging Operator of the Year

John Beatty, The Dunhill Hotel (Charlotte, NC)

  • Restaurant Employee of the Year

Myles Scaglione, Heirloom Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)

  • Restaurant Manager of the Year

Robert Montanari, Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar (Raleigh, NC)

 

The top 2017 NCRLA NC Chef Showdown honorees were also recognized during Monday’s event:

  • NCRLA Chef of the Year

Matthew Krenz, The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel (Charlotte, NC)

  • NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year

Ann Marie Stefaney, Heirloom Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)

  • NCRLA Mixologist of the Year

Amanda Britton, 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails (Charlotte, NC)

 

For more information about the NCRLA 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards, visit www.ncrla.org/stars. Additional photos are available upon request.

About NCRLA

Established in 1947, the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) works to advance and protect North Carolina’s $23 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry. The association provides access to the resources and support restaurant and lodging professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. To learn more information about NCRLA or its membership opportunities and cost-saving benefits, please visit  www.ncrla.org.

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