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Onslow County Tourism Hospitality Service Award Program

Onslow County Tourism’s Service Rewards Program is a crown jewel in our program of work.  Tourism is constantly striving to tell our area’s story as a destination to discover. However, we are rarely able to greet those visitors face to face. Through our Service Reward Program, we can highlight and honor the front-line staff that makes the biggest difference in a consumer and visitor’s experience.

Onslow County Tourism selects three 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 individuals 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.

Out of these nominations, three worthy honorees are chosen each month, between January to November and are automatically entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a $500 Visa Gift Card.

Our Hospitality Person of the Year is selected through a nomination process from our tourism partners.  The individual selected will be honored at the Jacksonville Onslow County Chamber Annual Meeting held in February.  The winner will also participate in the Annual Christmas Holiday Parade in Jacksonville, NC that takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

List of 2022 Hospitality Service Award Honorees 

2023 Award Winners
January 2023

Moni Barbour
Red Robin, Jacksonville

Josephine Kaleneder
Quality Inn, Jacksonville

Sandra Janssen
Albert J Ellis Airport, Jacksonville

February 2023

Alisha Williams
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Jacksonville

Roonghapa Chuanngooluam
Mainstay Suites, Jacksonville

Karen Perry
Hampton Inn & Suites, Sneads Ferry

March 2023

Chyna Nickens
2 Baked Crumbs of NY, Jacksonville

Jocelyn Palocos
Red Roof Inn, Jacksonville

Layni Augherton
TLC Tanning Spa & Bowtique, Jacksonville

April 2023

Kendall Powell
Sam's Club, Jacksonville

Ebony Mullins
Southern Harvest Soul Food, Jacksonville

Stephanie Bartley
Carolina Ale House, Jacksonville

May 2023

Kimberly Smith
Home2 Suites, Jacksonville

Charles Brice
Metro Diner, Jacksonville

Natalia Witko
'EM R Wings, Sneads Ferry

June 2023

Karen Hopkins
Dollar Store, Sneads Ferry

Sydney Pineda
My Place Hotel, Jacksonville

Whitney Jackson
Dini's Martinis & Desserts, Swansboro

July 2023

Alexis Lemon
Buff City Soap, Jacksonville

Duane Williams
Hampton Inn & Suites, Jacksonville

Heather Byrd
Triangle Motor Inn, Jacksonville

August 2023

Meagan Williams
Thig's Restaurant, Jacksonville

Ezequiel Guevava-Diaz
Blackbeards Triple Play & Sports Bar, Jacksonville

Mary Pat Smey
Volunteer with Swansboro Events, Swansboro

September 2023

Anna Atherton
Lazzara's Pizza, Jacksonville

Anna Blakenship
Port City Java, Jacksonville

Jeni Lanier
Roller City, Jacksonville

October 2023

Brittany Nicholas
Great Clips, Jacksonville

Casey Reifke
Hampton Inn & Suites, Sneads Ferry

Charlotte Tippett
T's Grill Mart, Holly Ridge

November 2023

Kachina Stroman
Microtel, Jacksonville

Oliver Blakely
Circle K, Jacksonville

Tina Foy
Napoli's Cafe, Sneads Ferry


Please use the form below to submit your nomination.