Third Annual WAVE Award Winners Announced

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Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) have announced the 2010 winners of their 3rd Annual WAVE Awards.

Nineteen individuals were nominated online between April and September, by both guests and their employers.

At that time, the judging panel evaluated the nominees in their respective categories and scored on a set of criteria including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry.

Six winners selected in the categories of Attraction, Dining, Lodging, Nightlife, Retail and Transportation. Winners for 2010 include:

>>Attraction (Sponsored by Grand Connection) : Bob Parente, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

>>Dining (Sponsored by GreatFoodandTravel.com): Leif Hogan, Carrabba's Italian Grill

>>Lodging (Sponsored by Proctor & Gamble): Flutie Tolonen, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

>>Nightlife (Sponsored by Valentine Vodka): Matt Alles, Z's Bar & Restaurant (2nd consecutive year)

>>Retail (Sponsored by Lady Americana & Jonathan Stevens Mattress Co): Crystal Chipman, Pauly's

>>Transportation (Sponsored by Regional Air Alliance): Stephen Fletcher, Metro Cars and Metro Cab

Nominations for 2011 will open in April and will run through early September. Winners next year will again be recognized in conjunction with the Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival.

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