SCRLA Names First Upstate Hospitality Award Winners



The Greater Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association recently announced the winners of the inaugural Upstate Hospitality Awards. The event recognized 13 winners for their work and efforts in the hospitality industry and also served as a fundraiser for students’ education in the hospitality industry.

The winners in the Restaurant Category were: Chuck Thompson, Rick Erwin’s Dining Group, for Front of the House Employee of the Year; Decha Tangkitkietikul, Roost, for Heart of the House Employee of the Year; Harley Iverson, Stella’s Southern Bistro, for Manager of the Year; Paul Hrabovsky, Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Café, for Restaurateur of the Year; Teryi Youngblood, Passerelle Bistro, for Outstanding Chef of the Year; and Douglas Tallarico, Greenville Marriott, for Outstanding Bartender of the Year.

Winners in the Lodging category were: Elisabeth Amador, Holiday Inn Express, Simpsonville, for Front of the House Employee of the Year; Ruth Ann Dawkins, Hyatt Regency, for Heart of the House Employee of the Year; McLean Hicklin, Hampton Inn Duncan/Clinton, for Manager of the Year; and Yatish Deean, Holiday Inn Express, Downtown, for Hotelier of the Year.

Other winners included: Project Host for Outstanding Community Service; Ballentine Equipment Company for Hospitality Supplier of the Year; and Debbie Taylor, Donaldson Career & Technology Center, for Educator of the Year.



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