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