Hospitality Service Awards


Onslow County Tourism Hospitality Service Award Program 

Onslow County Tourism along with the Jacksonville Onslow Cou

nty Chamber of Commerce

selects five individuals each month of the year through nomi

nations and also through

secret

shoppers

that show exemplary hospitality and helpfulness to our vi

sitors that come to our area

to enjoy our restaurants, attractions and events in Onslow Coun

ty. These individuals are

th

e

face of our community and welcome our visitors, helping to make

them feel important and

appreciated, which can influence longer stays, return stays, or

referrals for friends and family to

come visit as well.

Through the program, each monthly award winner is automaticall

y considered to be named the

Ho

spitality Person of the Year, which includes a cruise to t

he Bahamas, air fare, and $250

spending money! The Hospitality Person of the Year is annou

nced and honored at the

Jacksonville Onslow County Chamber Annual Meeting.

Onslow County Tourism selects five individuals to honor each month for their exemplary hospitality and helpfulness to visitors that come to our area to enjoy restaurants, attractions and events in Onslow County.  These invididuals are the face of our community and welcome our visitors, helping to make them feel important and appreciated. Their actions can influence longer stays, return stays, or referrals for friends and family to visit as well. These individuals are chosen through nominations and  "secret shopper" evaluations. 

Each monthly award winner is automatically considered for Hospitality Person of the Year. The individual selected for Hospitality Person of the Year recieves a cruise, air fare, and $250 spending money! They are also announced and honored at the Jacksonville Onslow County Chamber Annual Meeting. 

If you have had an exceptional expereince in any of our local restaurants, attractions or local businesses, we would like to hear about it! You can nominate the individual using the form below.


August Award Winners

Aaliyah Robinson
Smithfield's Chicken & BBQ

Carol Torres
Mission BBQ

Lisa Bidwell
Dale's Pub, Holly Ridge

Tricia Paoa
KFC, Western Blvd

Zaccahaeus Sharpless
Hardee's, Richland Hwy




 


2016 Hospitality Person of the Year

Omari McLendon, The Cracker Barrel Resaurant

Mr. Omarie McLendon has been delivering delicious food and wonderful customer service to visitors at The Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Jacksonville for ten years. Omari has been named Employee of the Year on three sepereate occastions during his 10-year span. Nominatated by several people, it is evident that Mr. McLendon leaves his customers with a great impression. 

Omari is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina when his ex-wife was stationed here with the Marine Corps. Once here, Omari found his church, Firm Foundations Fellowship, where he is now the Associate Pastor. Omari has experienced many changes in his life and subsequently remarried. He and his wife recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary. Omari attributes his decision to stay in the area to the spirit of the great people that reside in Onslow County.