Hospitality industry names WAVE Award winners

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The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is a landmark in the heart of downtown. Courtesy JW Marriott

Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association have named the winners of the 10th-annual WAVE Awards.

Six hospitality employees were chosen as WAVE Award recipients in six industry categories at the Impacting Hospitality Celebration last week. 

WAVE stands for "way above visitor expectations."

The winners were judged on their attitudes, attentiveness, performances, knowledge and consistency in the hospitality industry in Kent County.

The winners will also be nominated for the Stars of the Industry Awards, which will be announced at the 2018 Pure Michigan Governors Conference.

WAVE Award winners

Restaurants & Breweries: Carmen Gehring, Cygnus27

Lodging 150+ Rooms: Janet Johnson, JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Lodging Less Than 150 Rooms: Jordan Strah, Country Inn & Suites East Beltline

Retail & Service: Adeshola Makinde, Madcap Coffee

Attractions & Events and CTA Star of the Year: Candice Flesza-Smith, Discovering Michigan

Volunteer in Hospitality: Melissa Greko, Showspan

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