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Nominations for this year's WAVE Awards will be accepted April 30 through October 12, 2014. Please return then to nominate an outstanding individual in the hospitality industry.

Nightlife

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Winner: Laura Buffum
  • Laura Buffum, Pearl Street Lounge
  • Debbin Schnepp, Hilton Grand Rapids Airport

Lodging 150+ Rooms

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Winner: Ian Kirkwood
  • Ian Kirkwood, Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East
  • Jaclyn Edinger, Amway Grand Plaza
  • Lindsey Huver, Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East
  • Ernie Perales, Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
  • Regina Pinan, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Kasmin Katz, Courtyard Marriott Downtown
  • Sara Matheka, Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
  • Rachel Shaw, Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Attractions/Events

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Winner: Gabriel Rains
  • Darlene Rochelle Stringer, DK Security & Investigations
  • Gabriel Rains, Founders Brewing Company
  • Sarah Tupper, Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Restaurants/Breweries

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Winner: Ben Schultz
  • Joel Busser, Shiraz Grille
  • Ceceila Denton, Pearl Street Grill
  • Eric Roeters, Shiraz Grille
  • Parianna Ghebleh, Shiraz Grille
  • Marcie Mason, Gilmore Collection; Gilly's
  • Jordan Burns, Panera Bread
  • Faith Kosten, Shiraz Grille
  • Monserrat, Lindo Mexico Restaurant Inc.
  • Stephanie Pindar, Peppino's Downtown
  • Kendall Tuinstra, Shiraz Grille
  • Amy Barrett, mangiamo!
  • Haley Salander, The Bull's Head Tavern
  • Marty Pospiech, Shiraz Grille
  • Tonia Hauser, Mangiamo!
  • Kelly Vantol, The Bull's Head Tavern
  • Nick Strohmeyer, Rose's On Reeds Lake
  • Gwen Yost, Mangiamo
  • Lilianna Phipps, Mangiamo
  • Tim Field, Rose's On Reeds Lake
  • Katie Schmuck, Mangiamo
  • Mike Meengs, Mangiamo
  • Ben Schultz, Ruth's Chris
  • Diana Muller, Mangiamo
  • James Eddy, Pearl Street Grill
  • Sara Koltak, Pearl Street Grill

Lodging Less Than 150 Rooms

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Winner: Kevin Trasky
  • Jasmine Springer, Sleep Inn and Suites
  • Miriam Serrato, Baymont Inn and Suites Airport
  • Dilana Beilfuss, Best Western Hospitality Hotel & Suites
  • Keonna Giles, SpringHill Suites North
  • Kevin Trasky, SpringHill Suites North
  • Jolinda Brown, SpringHill Suites North
  • Amanda Yik, Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids North

Transportation

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Winner: Linda Dochod
  • Laurie Ryan, Great Lakes Pub Cruiser
  • Garth Mann, Holiday Coach Co.
  • Linda Dochod, Classic Carriage LLC

Retail & Service

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Winner: Leonne van der Velde
  • Leonne van der Velde, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.
  • Makenzie Stewart, Design 1 Salon Spa
  • Samantha Hernandez, Design 1 Salon Spa
  • Cathy Jean Swanson, Hairacy Downtown
  • Doug Bazan, Verizon Wireless

Volunteer in Hospitality

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Winner: Ryan Foerch
  • Laura Hoag, West Michigan Sports Commission Volunteer
  • Ryan Foerch, GrandCon Volunteer Coordinator

For more information contact Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 700, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 · (616) 233-3577 · waveaward@experiencegr.com