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Hospitality Shining Stars

Many times it is Hattiesburg's hallmark hospitality that visitors never forget. That is why each year during National Tourism Week, VISITHATTIESBURGtakes the time to put the spotlight on the very best in tourism.

Established in 2003, the Shining Star Award was created to give tourism industry partners the opportunity to recognize those among their team who provide exemplary customer service and hospitality to the visitor. Since that time, VISITHATTIESBURG™, along with its participating tourism partners, has had the privilege of honoring 84 Shining Stars, the local tourism industry's only service award.

Galaxy of Shining Stars:

2012

 
Ashley Barnette
Hampton Inn

Brenda Borresen
Comfort Suites

Jennifer Brown
Fairfield Inn

Jordan Butler
Comfort Inn

Shirley Carson
Residence Inn

Chris Corne'
Comfort Suites

Eric Eaves
HHDA

Mike Fogle
Comfort Suites

Curtis Goff
Courtyard by Marriott

Neecee Koenig
Residence Inn

Shamena Mackey
Residence Inn
Charles Paige
Candlewood Suites

Anita Price
Hattiesburg Arts Council

Elia Rojas
Microtel

Lynn Rose
Calico Antique Mall

Anguia Sims
LTCC

Brittany Tucker
Fairfield Inn

Christiana Whitley
Residence Inn

Wendy Wahnetah
Fairfield Inn

Frances Williams
Calico Antique Mall

Kathy Williamson
Fairfield Inn
 


2009

 
Jackie Davis
Comfort Suites

Krissy Hamilton
Hattiesburg Zoo

Jamie Harmon
Hampton Inn

Ora Jones
Convention Commission

Chris Landry
Residence Inn by Marriott

Fairfield Inn
Benji Lott

Jean Pace
VISITHATTIESBURG™
Diane Shepherd
Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association

Sally Slaughter
Fairfield Inn

James Smith
Hampton Inn

Jennifer Temple
Comfort Inn

Olimpiya Timmons
Courtyard by Marriott

Ashley Welch
Ramada Inn on the Hill

Linda Wilborn
Ramada Inn on the Hill


2008

 
Travis Caskey
Hattiesburg Zoo

Charlene Cook
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Greg Dennis
Seasons at Newpointe

Sydney Howard
The Library of Hattiesburg

Crystal Jarvis
Microtel Inn & Suites

Tamekia Keys
Candlewood Suites

John Owens
Hattiesburg Zoo
Matt Lane
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Helen Rayburn
Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

Dawn Smith
Southern Miss Alumni Association

Dixie Thornton
Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

Gabriell White
Hampton Inn

Kristen Brock
VISITHATTIESBURG

Christy McSwain
VISITHATTIESBURG


2007

 
Bob Gates
Longleaf Trace

Nancy Cleveland
Hattiesburg Zoo

Jackie Jackson
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Patricia Sims
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Frank James
Hampton Inn

Frank James
Fairfield Inn
Brent Nettles
Holiday Inn & Suites

Amanda Moore
Inn on the Hill

Cortez Vaughn
Inn on the Hill

Brenda Broome
Inn on the Hill

Laquanda Shauntae Woodland
La Quinta Inn


2006

 
Krissy Hamilton
Hattiesburg Zoo

Jay Hester
Hattiesburg Zoo

Nathan Jennings
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Van Lee
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Cathy Merrill
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Cathy Simms
Hattiesburg Convention Commission
Jean Coleman
Inn on the Hill

Tony Floyd
Inn on the Hill

Mary Keys
Inn on the Hill

Reginald Shaw
Inn on the Hill

Deborah Sledge
Inn on the Hill

Ashley Welch
Inn on the Hill


2005

 
Linda Beasley
Hattiesburg Zoo

Lisa Fields
Hattiesburg Zoo

Martha Greene
Hattiesburg Zoo

Nick Barnes
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Sarah Breazeale
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Dinah Griffin
Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Marchenne Hatchett
Comfort Inn

Will Deaver
Comfort Inn

Amanda Johnson
Holiday Inn & Suites
Bob Latiolais
Holiday Inn & Suites

Linda Wilborn
Inn on the Hill

Brad Kelly
Inn on the Hill

Jimmie Darby
Inn on the Hill

Mary Harris
Inn on the Hill

Casey Holmes
Inn on the Hill

Wanda Jackson
Super 8

Sharon Ware
Super 8


2004

 
Elmer Beardshall
Longleaf Trace

Helene Flynn
Comfort Inn

Lisa Williamson
Inn on the Hill

Milton Burkett
Inn on the Hill
Josephine Burkett
Inn on the Hill

Rhonda Bounds
La Quinta Inn

Sara Easterling
La Quinta Inn


2003

 
James Moore
Longleaf Trace

Todd Tatum
The Library of Hattiesburg

Dee Tatum
The Library of Hattiesburg

Tommy Hall
Hattiesburg Zoo

Martha Greene
Hattiesburg Zoo

Merrily Strickland
Hattiesburg Convention Commission
Amanda Johnson
Comfort Inn

Betty Lovette
Inn on the Hill

Eric Cooksey
Inn on the Hill

Jeff Eaton
Inn on the Hill

Jimmie Darby
Inn on the Hill