23rd Annual Atlantic City Host Awards Honors 25 in the Hospitality Industry » NJ CRDA

Group photo of Honorees and Host Award Dignitaries and CRDA Staff Members May 4, 2022 at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ.

Atlantic City, New Jersey (May 6, 2022) – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recognized 25 individuals from the hospitality and tourism industry at the 23rd Annual Atlantic City Host Awards, held Wednesday, May 5, 2022 at the Adrian Phillips Theater of the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The Host Awards recognize and encourage the exceptional customer service of employees in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors who contribute to Atlantic City’s success as a world-class, friendly destination.

Each winner received a commemorative box containing a gold lighthouse lapel pin as a symbol of their hospitality, an award certificate and a $250 cash gift card.

Host Award winners were nominated for their enthusiasm, exemplary customer service and ability to improve the overall experience of the visitors they serve. They were chosen from more than 100 applicants by a selection committee made up of educators and representatives from the University of Stockton, Atlantic Cape Community College, Local 54, Meet AC, Marriott’s Fairway Villas and the Chicken Bone Beach Foundation.

Evan Sanchez, Authentic City Partners
Evan Sanchez, Authentic City Partners

Additionally, Atlantic City entrepreneur and philanthropist Evan Sanchez received the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award, which is given to an outstanding individual who has made significant, long-term contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry in the region.

After returning to his hometown of Atlantic City in 2015, Sanchez co-founded Authentic City Partners with Zenith Shah to create development projects in Atlantic City like Orange Loop to improve the lives of members of his community and build spaces that unify and inspire like Hayday. , the Atlantic City Coffee Shop and The Leadership Studio building.

Sanchez has served as chairman of the board of Atlantic City-focused nonprofits, including the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and the Atlantic City Community Fund. His latest venture, ThriveAC Fund, is a 5-year, $1 million Renn-Sanchez family commitment to fuel the work of nonprofit organizations to build a stable, sustainable, and vibrant Atlantic City.

Also at the event, the CRDA Foundation and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association awarded scholarships to students pursuing hospitality degrees at Atlantic Cape Community College and the University of Stockton to encourage quality education for employees in the hospitality industry.

2022 CRDA Foundation and Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association Scholarships:

Enid Dorret J. Farina – Atlantic Cape Community College, Cape May Court House, NJ – $1,500
André Romero – University of Stockton, Absecon, NJ – $2,000
Caitlin Lee – Stockton University, Williamstown, NJ – $3,000

Group photo of Honorees and Host Award Dignitaries and CRDA Staff Members May 4, 2022 at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ.
Front row: (Seated left to right) Best Casino Host: Dorothy Gregory-Jones, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Top Cashier – Terry Hamilton, Resorts Casino Hotel; Best Public Area Staff – Sheila Nelson accepting on behalf of Gerardo River, Marriott Fairway Villas; Best Casino Support Staff – Carmen Amparo – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City; Mayor Marty Small Sr.; Best Spa Staff – Dafne Alameda, The Water Club – A Signature Hotel by Borgata Atlantic City; Best Cocktail Server – Linda Grabowski, Bally’s Atlantic City Casino & Resort; Best Bellhop – Lisa Cappuccio, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City; Best Casino Gaming Staff (Ray Kot Award) – Tracy Walker, Caesars Atlantic City. Back row: (Standing left to right) CRDA Marketing Partnership Manager – Doreen Prinzo; Spirit of Hospitality Award Winner – Zenith Shah accepts on behalf of Evan Sanchez; Best Doorman – Joseph Brown, Tropicana Atlantic City; Best Customer Service/Concierge – Alexandra Alberto, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Best Retail Sales Associate – Roseanna Robinson, Caesars Atlantic City; Best Food and Beverage Support – Nancy Echevarria, Golden Nugget Atlantic City; Best Bartender – Maurice Sherrod, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Best Security Staff – Jennifer Zarycki, Tropicana Atlantic City; Best Heart/Back of Home Staff – Elizabeth Carr, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City; Best Server, Casino Fine Dining – Jason Lapetina, Bally’s Atlantic City Casino & Resort; Best Valet – Angelo Santoro, Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City; Best Room Service Staff – Robert Forst, Resorts Casino Hotel; Best Server, Banquet/Catering – Alfred Kare, Caesars Atlantic City; Best Server, Non-Casino Casual Dining – Michelle Dickerson, Carluccio’s Coal Fired Pizza; Best Server, Casino Casual Restaurant – Thomas Brodbeck, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City; Best Room Attendant/Housekeeper – Veronica Rodriguez, Resorts Casino Hotel; Best Food Production Staff – India Witherspoon, Caesars Atlantic City; CRDA Executive Director, Sean Pattwell.


About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only such agency nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City Casino Reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful and positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the law of 2011 on Tourist Districts, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to become the primary state economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing, and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the nation’s largest entertainment venue of its size) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, including $1.8 billion in Atlantic City, spurring business investment and expansion and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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