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Catherine Culver, the Operations Manager for the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, is the recipient of the 2012 St. Johns County Government Tourism Employee of the Year. This is the first time the annual awards included a government employee category in addition to awards presented in the lodging and attractions categories. The new category honors federal, state, and local governmental employees whose work puts them in daily contact with visitors.
In announcing the award, the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, notes that Catherine has been personally responsible for positively shaping the experience of tens of thousands of visitors to the Oldest City, adding "The consummate professional, she greets everyone with a big smile and contagious laughter. Her continued excellence is particularly noteworthy during the past year when the fate of the museum was a topic of much debate."
Other Tourism Employee of the Year recipients were Michelle Defelice, with the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach in the lodging category, and Kevin Rose, with the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum in the attractions category.
Michelle Defelice supervises the daily housecleaning and maintains guestrooms at the AAA 5 Diamond Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra. A 10-year member of the Lodge & Club staff, Michelle is known for her meticulousness, attention to detail and professionalism and her sense of obligation to every guest and her devotion to all staff members, regardless of their department.
Kevin Rose, group director for the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, is known for his attention to detail and wry humor and high level of professionalism. His years of previous experience as a City of St. Augustine Tour Guide has made Kevin is an invaluable addition to the museum and a favorite of teachers and tour guides visiting the city.
The other finalists for 2012 Tourism Employee of the Year honors were: Amanda Briggs, The Tasting Tours; Joyce Hayes, Limelight Theatre; Kate Hensler, Old Town Trolley Tours; Dena Masters, Tourist Development Council; Ryan Murphy, St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall; Veronica Peterson, Casa Monica Hotel; Lorenzo Rubi, The Lodge and Club; Michelle Smith, St. Augustine Wild Reserve; and Lea Wright, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
“It’s not only the exemplary work of these finalists, but also the daily successes of thousands of other outstanding employees that insure tourism remains the economic lifeblood of Florida’s Historic Coast,” said Richard Goldman, executive director of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau. “Our marketing successes and the consistently positive interactions between visitors and tourism employees throughout Florida’s Historic Coast have combined to create a destination that has more than recovered from the economic recession of 2008.”
For more information about the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau, visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com.