Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Chris Dame of Kokomo (pictured) with a 2015 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair on August 21. Twenty representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.
“These professionals and their Hoosier Hospitality are the vibrant pulse that keeps the tourism industry alive and well in the state of Indiana. It is a great honor to present these awards to such deserving tourism leaders whose work all too often goes unrecognized, but never unappreciated. They live out the Hoosier ideals each and every day as they are out on the front lines showing the public what makes Indiana a great place to visit,” stated Ellspermann.
Chris Dame has worked for the Hampton Inn & Suites in Kokomo for five years and was recently promoted to Guest Experience Ambassador. Hotel guests frequently comment on how Dame’s friendly demeanor and knowledge of the best local destinations makes them feel like “Kokomo is a home away from home.” His nominator said that he is the “go-to-person” when it comes to encouraging guests to try local attractions, restaurants and other experiences unique to the area. The passion and sincerity he brings to his work makes him an integral component to the success of the tourism industry in Indiana.
Congratulations Chris! Thank you for the excellent service you provide to ensure visitors to Kokomo have a great experience!