Indiana Dunes Tourism Presents ROSE Awards

The 2013 ROSE Award Winners for Porter County

Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, on Thursday honored 17 businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding service.

The R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Service Excellence) Awards recognize those who provide excellent service or otherwise go the extra mile to make Porter County a great place for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.

“There are businesses and individuals whose exemplary service help make Indiana Dunes Country a destination which visitors return to again and again,” said Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism.

“We enjoy recognizing those who contribute to our success in promoting Porter County.”
Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, was the guest speaker for the event and credited the award winners with setting the standard for service.

“As a ROSE award recipient, you embody what it means to provide great service,” Newman said.

“As a state, Indiana can go even further by using your example of excellence to implement a statewide service standard.  This would give Indiana the opportunity to leverage its world famous Hoosier Hospitality and ensure that all customer-facing employees have the skills necessary to operate effectively in our service-based economy.”

The R.O.S.E. Awards ceremony coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week.

What follows is a list of this year’s Porter County R.O.S.E. Award winners:

Lodging Location of the Year — Riley’s Railhouse
Festival of the Year — Central Park Plaza Events
Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events
Festival of the Year — Central Park Plaza Events
Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation
Restaurant of the Year — Sage
Retailer of the Year — Air One Aerial Photography
Newcomer of the Year — Birky Family Farms (Piggies and Cream at the Depot)
Recreation Location of the Year — Portage Township Parks
Partner of the Year — Tonya’s Patisserie
Turning Lemons into Lemonade — Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland
Professional of the Year — Sue Stymiest of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
Shining Star — Dani Landgrebe of Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille
Shining Star — Peggy McConnachie of Third Coast Spice Cafe
Attraction of the Year — Steel Wheels BMX
People’s Choice Lodging Location of the Year — At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast
People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year — Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille.
People’s Choice Retailer of the Year — Molly Bea’s INGREDIENTS
Volunteer of the Year — Helen Arvidson of Porter County Museum of History

Visit Michigan City LaPorte Convention and Visitor Bureau was a co-host of Thursday’s awards ceremony and presented their R.O.S.E. Awards. What follows is a list of their winners:

Best Fest Award — The Sunflower Fair
Employee of the year — Patricia Segovia of Best Western LaPorte Hotel
Green Award — Brad Hindsley of Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine
Hoosier Hospitality Award — Claudia Geise of Tyron Farm Guest House
LaPorte County Achievement Award — Mary Ellen Hatton of Blue Chip Casino
Lemonade Award — Laura Marie Panozzo of Earth Angel Eco Art Studio
Putting LaPorte County on the Map — Lyn Isbel of The Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team, the Michigan City Port Authority, and Jessica Ward of the Michigan City Municipal Airport/Phillips Field
Outstanding Elected Official Award — Cary Kirkham of the LaPorte City Council
Professional of the Year — Vice Chancellor Rick Soria of Ivy Tech Community College Pejic Campus
Quality of Life/Quality of Place Award — LaPorte County Public Library, LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer
Shining Star Award — Kris Demoret and Laura Kobat of Arbor Hill Inn & Guest House
Team Effort Award — Microtel Inn & Suites of Michigan City
Unsung Hero Award — Alex Laun
Volunteer of the Year Award — Jim Snyder of LaPorte Little Theatre

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