Past Beacon Award Recipients

 

2014 Beacon Award Winners

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year: Kyle Johnson, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Outstanding Lodging Manager of the Year: Lauren Solak, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Outstanding Lodging General Manager of the Year: Peter Florczak, Buffalo Niagara Marriott
Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year: Michael Powers, Buffalo Zoo
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year: Ed Dore, PLANT WNY
Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year: Martin Biniasz, Dyngus Day USA and Forgotten Buffalo Tours
Outstanding Tourism Initiative of the Year: Robert Lennartz, Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway
Buffalo Ambassador of the Year: Carol Speser
2014 Binational Beacon Award: Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council

2013 Beacon Award Winners

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year: Lori Hint, Airport Courtyard Marriott
Outstanding Lodging Manager of the Year: Holly Homesburger, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Outstanding Lodging General Manager of the Year: Jay Dellavecchia, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year: Patrick Kavanagh, Forest Lawn
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year: Denise Prince, Buffalo Tours
Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year: William Vanecek, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Outstanding Tourism Initiative of the Year: Christa Glennie Seychew, Culinary Tourism
Buffalo Ambassador of the Year: Phyllis W. Pierce

2012 Beacon Award Winners

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year: Michael Hicks, Comfort Suites Downtown
Outstanding Lodging Manager of the Year: Kevin Hudson, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Outstanding Lodging General Manager of the Year: Shelly Cieslak, Fairfield Inn & Suites
Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year: Eric Guzdek, Northtown Center
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year: Linda Adams, Darwin Martin House
Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year: Drew Cerza, National Buffalo Wing Festival
Outstanding Tourism Initiative of the Year: Garden Walk Buffalo, Jim Charlier
Buffalo Ambassadors of the Year: Local Organizing Committee, National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference

2011 Beacon Award Winners

Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year: Yolanda Bowman, Housekeeping Supervisor, Buffalo Marriott Hotel
Outstanding Lodging Manager of the Year: Jennifer Taylor, Guest Services Manager, Comfort Suites Downtown
Outstanding Lodging General Manager of the Year: Matthew Spencer, Comfort Suites Downtown
Good Earth Keeping Award: Waseem Mango, Adams Mark Hotel
Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.
Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year: Louis Grachos, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Outstanding Tourism Initiative of the Year: Taste of Buffalo Presented by Tops
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year: Michael Osika, Docent and Docent Trainer, Darwin Martin House
Buffalo Ambassador of the Year: Robert Schell