Awards Spotlight Hospitality Industry

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The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association has announced the top performers in hospitality service. Employees at restaurants and hotels in Indianapolis, South Bend and Angola were recognized.

February 12, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association Wednesday recognized the best of those who work in the service hospitality industries at an awards event at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.

“These are the best and brightest stars when it comes to promoting the state of Indiana in the hospitality and service industry,” said Patrick Tamm, CEO of the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association. “We’re proud to be able to recognize this elite crew.”

The association has been selecting the best in the business since 1998 by asking industry professionals to nominate those who provide outstanding service. Nine people were selected this year.

The top restaurant achiever goes to Scotty’s Brewhouse this year with a nod to General Manager Dave Hornak who oversees the downtown Indianapolis restaurant.

“Dave is surrounded by a team of good people and I've watched him learn how to delegate,” said Scott Wise, president and CEO of Scotty’s Brewhouse. “His personal beliefs align with our company culture, which is not just about serving beer, burgers and fries, but providing good service and making an imprint in the community.”

Another top winner, Heather Goralski at Morris Inn in South Bend, Ind., took her job there as her lodging location had just completed a $30 million renovation — then earned its first Four Diamond Hotel rating from AAA.

“It is an amazing honor to receive this recognition. I feel privileged to be able to bring this award back to the South Bend community and Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame,” said Goralski, who is senior sales manager at the Inn.

The 2015 winners are:

Outstanding Restaurant Manager of the Year

Dave Hornak, General Manager, Scotty’s Brewhouse, Downtown Indianapolis

Outstanding Restaurant Front of House Employee of the Year

Solanika Gleason, Lead Day Hostess, St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis

Outstanding Restaurant Back of the House Employee of the Year

Jason Chesky, Line Supervisor, Harry and Izzy’s North, Indianapolis

Outstanding Lodging Manager Employee of the Year – Full Service

Heather Goralski, Senior Sales Manager, Morris Inn, South Bend-University of Notre Dame

Outstanding Lodging Manager Employee of the Year – Select Service

LaShaun Frye, Assistant General Manager, Hampton Inn Northwest Park 100, Indianapolis

Outstanding Lodging Front of House Employee of the Year – Full Service

Viola Gedeon-Hall, In-Room Dining Supervisor, JW Marriott Indianapolis

Outstanding Lodging Back of the House Employee of the Year – Select Service

Terry Collins, Maintenance Technician, Potawatomi Inn, Angola

Outstanding Lodging Back of House Employee of the Year – Full Service

Felipa Gaspar, Room Attendant, Conrad Indianapolis

Outstanding Lodging Front of House Employee of the Year – Select Service

Myra Raines, Guest Service Representative, Holiday Inn Express South, Indianapolis

Source: Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association