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Hospitality Recognition Lunch - Nominations

This award program is designed to recognize all outstanding individuals working in the hospitality industry who perform beyond expectations.  Nomination forms for the “Excellence in Hospitality” award (hourly team associates), “Special Achievement Award” (hourly supervisors) and Hospitality Recognition are below.  If additional entries are needed, please feel free to access this page multiple times. Nominations are open to employees of any business that is a current member of MCHA.

  • Please submit nominations by September 1, 2023

Event Details: 34th Annual Hospitality Recognition Lunch

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Monterey Conference Center


All hourly employees are eligible. Please consider all employees, whether individuals have guest contact or support the team in other areas.  Salaried employees in management positions are not eligible, nor are employees that are past recipients; however, all current employees can be recognized. Please scroll to Section 4 of this form to submit names for Hospitality Recognition. These individuals will receive a commemorative pin, name in program and acknowledgement in the Monterey Herald.

You may nominate as many employees as you wish.  This is a wonderful way to acknowledge your many employees that have made contributions to your business and to the hospitality industry.  For multiple entries per company, please access this link multiple times to submit individual forms. 

No. If you simply want to recognize an employee, please scroll to Section 4 Hospitality Recognition to submit names for recognition only.  No additional write up is necessary.  However, if you want your employee to be considered for a judged award, please complete the appropriate nomination forms below.  

All nominated employees will receive a commemorative pin, recognition in the Monterey Herald and event program.  Should one of your employees be selected as one of the Top 8 Finalists, they will receive numerous plaques, as well as gift certificates to area attractions, restaurants and/or accommodations.

The Excellence in Hospitality Award is for hourly team associates and will be judged on information submitted. Winners will be selected from each category listed below, based on information submitted:

  • Focus on Guest Experience - Large Hotel (51+ employees)
  • Focus on Guest Experience - Small Hotel/Motel/Inn (up to 50 employees)
  • Focus on Guest Experience - Restaurant / Food Service
  • Focus on Guest Experience - General Business - Hospitality Services, Guest Experiences, etc.
  • Humanitarian Efforts & Community Service Efforts 
  • Heart of the House & Effective Team Player
  • Papa Vince Award  

The Special Achievement Award is for hourly supervisors. Judges will put a higher level of expectation on these employees and will honor one individual with a Special Achievement Award.  Guidelines for entry include the following:

  • Focus on Guest Experience
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Humanitarian Efforts
  • Leadership
  • Safety and Security
  • Financial Management

Six impartial individuals will meet confidentially to determine the winner. Each judge is selected based on past and current involvement in the hospitality industry. Judges may not nominate individuals for awards. All nominations are reviewed blind. Please note that entries received after September 1st are not guaranteed for submission. 

Nominating Form

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