• Raeanne Lupo, Brewery Vivant
  • Courtney Fraim, Monelli's Italian Grill and Sports Bar

Lodging 150+ Rooms

  • Dennis Higgins, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Elizabeth Elliott, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Natile Henderson, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Kristen Gray Lindley, JW Marriott Grand Rapids

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Sponsored by Destination Consultants

  • Corey Barton, Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Sponsored by Grand Valley State University Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Daniel Ricardez, Lindo Mexico Restaurant
  • Alex Jewell, Ju Sushi & Lounge
  • Emily Dilly, Ostas Lebanese Cuisine
  • Oceanne Lee, Ju Sushi & Lounge
  • Jamie Taylor, Amore Trattoria Italiana
  • Dejah Nicole O'neal, Taco Bell
  • Dominique Aouad, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine
  • Carlee Miller, GP Sports
  • Megan Amante, The Mitten Brewing Company
  • Sloan Johnson, Terra GR
  • Anthony Alkema, The Melting Pot
  • Alyssa Renton, McFadden's Restaurant-Saloon
  • Sarah VanDagons, Sundance Grill and Bar
  • Alison Bieber, Terra GR
  • Kevin Doyle, Terra GR
  • Caitria Mikesell, Terra GR
  • Monserrat Velazquez, Lindo Mexico Restaurant
  • Corey Heffron, Reserve Wine & Food
  • Hannah Schaffer, CitySen Lounge
  • Malinda Strickler, Cornucopia

Lodging Less Than 150 Rooms

  • Gaby Gonzalez, Residence Inn Grand Rapids Airport
  • Jolinda Brown, SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids North
  • Ben Rastello, CTA, Holiday Inn Express of Grandville
  • Roosevelt Jackson, Homewood Suites by Hilton
  • David Little, Jr., Homewood Suites by Hilton


  • Laurie Ryan, Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

Retail & Service

  • Kate Leeder, Aperitivo
  • Gretchen Brockman, Cropmarks Printing

Volunteer in Hospitality

  • Mark Jastrzembski, Meijer State Games of Michigan Speedskating Volunteer

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