Beacon Awards

Join us May 7 for the 9th annual Beacon Awards!

Beacon-Awards-logo-2015The National Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards were created to recognize excellence in hospitality and tourism in Erie County in 2019.  This recognition is an opportunity for members of our industry to highlight individuals’ exemplary achievements in a variety of areas: work ethic and customer service; initiative and drive; marketing or management.

Since 2010, Visit Buffalo Niagara has received nearly 500 nominations. Over 50 awards have been given and the nominees are an excellent representation of diversity in our industry, creativity and innovation.  All hospitality categories are represented including: hoteliers, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and breweries, cultural organizations, attractions, sporting events, our Bring it Home Ambassadors and volunteerism.

This year’s luncheon will recognize over 30 individuals nominated to receive one of 12 Beacon Awards in honor of their outstanding achievements to the industry. Congratulations, all!

This year’s nominees are:

Christi Allen, Dunbar Berdine and Johny Chow, Misuta Chow’s
Mark Andol, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Made in America Store
Mary Beth and Louis John Billittier, Chef’s
Helen Brady, Explore Buffalo, Docent
Ka-Shaunna Brito, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst
Joel Dombrowski, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Double Decker Bus Tours
John Dubreville, Director of Sales, Hale Northeastern
Christine Goerss-Barton, Guest Services Manager, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Amber Goldfuss, Butler, Mansion on Delaware
Cindy Gorski, Explore Buffalo
Gretchen Grobe, Senior Guest Services Representative, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Mark Grundtish, Pepsi Hockey Invitational
Beverly Halligan, Customer Service Superintendent, Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Heartland Travel Showcase
Rita Humagi, Housekeeping Inspector, Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst
Ingram Micro Annual US Sales Kickoff/President’s Club Awards
Annie Jones, Lobby Attendant, Holiday Inn Express Buffalo Airport
Tom and Donna Lombardo, Ristorante Lombardo’s
Curt Maranto, Executive Director, Roycroft Campus Corporation
Olivia McCarthy, Deputy Director, Explore Buffalo
Renee McKeown, Administrative Assistant, Holiday Inn Express Buffalo Airport
Michael Morgulis, Owner, New Buffalo Graphics
Dave Myers, Girls Fastpitch Tournament
Erin Naylor, Front Desk Supervisor, Reikart House
North Buffalo Shop-Drop-n-Roll, Halloween on Hertel
Karen Oleszak, General Manager, Reikart House
Stephanie Pericozzi, General Manager, Staybridge Suites
Elizabeth Pietrzak, Housekeeping Guest Service Representative, Red Roof Inn Buffalo Airport
Jennifer Redmond, General Manager, Residence Inn Downtown Buffalo
Michael Schmand, Executive Director, Buffalo Place
James Sedor, Customer Service Coordinator, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Tim Tielman, Owner, Open-Air Autobus Tours, Preservation Coalition, Campaign for Greater Buffalo
LaToya Williams, Director of Sales, Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst
Brianne Wittmeyer, Assistant Group and E-Commerce Sales Manager, GrayLine Niagara Falls/Buffalo

Individual tickets to the luncheon are $40 and table sponsorships are also available.

Visit Buffalo Niagara and Erie County hotels, along with the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association will be awarding scholarships to local graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in travel or tourism. 

Photos from the 2018 Beacon Awards luncheon: