Spirit of Hospitality Awards

Spirit of Hospitality Awards

Thank you to all who nominated hospitality professionals for a 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award! See below for the individuals and teams who were nominated for their accomplishments in the industry. And don’t forget to RSVP for the Spirit of Hospitality Awards event on Tuesday, May 9, when we'll be honoring these nominees for their exceptional work in welcoming visitors to Greater Madison. Learn more about the event!


Back of House and Front of House hospitality professionals under 30 who are up-and-coming leaders in our industry. View full description >


Jordan Bright, Operations Manager, Food Fight Restaurant Group

Zach Gillis, Director of Sales, Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown  (Raymond Management Company)

Shaun Huffman, Banquet Manager, Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club

Brad Keenan, Advertising Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Rachel Nelezen, Human Resources Coordinator, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Hernan Salas, Breakfast Attendant, Residence Inn Madison West/Middleton

Amanda Schnoll, Events Coordinator and Assistant General Manager, Fresco (Food Fight Restaurant Group)

Shae Sepic, Wedding & Sales Catering Manager, The Edgewater

Estefania Solache, Executive Housekeeper, Hampton Inn Madison East (North Central Group)



Back of House and Front of House hospitality professionals who deliver exceptional experiences daily. View full description >


Carl Allen, General Manager, Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton

Cesar Arrenchu, Houseman/Room Attendant, Hampton Inn and Suites

Jimmy Bales, Lead Server and Trainer, Fresco (Food Fight Restaurant Group)

Deborah Berke, Guest Services Manager, Verona Hotel Group

Sam Delabarre, Groups Coordinator, North Central Group

Coni Duhr, General Manager, Fairfield Inn and Suites Madison West/Middleton

Matt Stoner Fehsenfeld, Co-Owner, Quince and Apple

Leah Fiske, Office Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Housekeeping Team, Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West

Elizabeth Garcia Hall, Director of Hospitality, Food Fight Restaurant Group

Melanie Gautreau, Director of Special Events, The Edgewater

Faviola Gomez, Executive Housekeeper, Sleep Inn & Suites

Erika Gonzalez, Housekeeper, Hampton Inn and Suites

Jason Ilstrup, General Manager, HotelRED (2016 Spirit Award Winner)

Kristina Martinez, Company Manager, Atlas Improv Co

Alex Mills, Tour Ambassador and Media Relations Director, Hop Head Beer Tour Co.

Greg Prine, Sous Chef, Best Western Premier Park Hotel

Jason Riewe, Chief Operations Officer /General Manager/Owner, The Nitty Gritty

Jose Rivera, Cook, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Laurie Rossbach, Art Studio Manager, Madison Children’s Museum

Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director for Meeting & Event Management, Madison College

Michael Stapleton, Wedding Concierge, The Edgewater

James Steinike, Server/FOH Trainer/Shift Manager, The Roman Candle

Liz Stolz, General Manager, Avenue Club & Bubble Up Bar

Tristan Straub, Executive Chef, Madison Mallards

Tommie Ware, Lead Banquet Server, The Edgewater

Lisa Wendtland, Guest Services Representative, Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West

Jill Skowronski, VP of Sales and Marketing



Hospitality professionals who have made their mark in Madison over the course of their career. View full description >


Daniel Brown, Executive Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Bob Caston, Director of Sales, The Edgewater

Steven Leverents, Director of Finance & Marketing Fitchburg Center, Promega

Carl Nolen & Kirby Nelson, President & CEO and Brewmaster, Wisconsin Brewing Company

Monty Schiro, President and Co-Founder, Food Fight Restaurant Group

Paul Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison

Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director for Meeting & Event Management, Madison College

George Wiesner, General Manager, Best Western Premier Park Hotel