2018 Stars of the Industry

We are happy to announce the following 2018 Stars of the Industry: 

SCHA Attraction of the Year
Anakeesta

SCHA Preferred Associate
Phil Campbell - Leconte Center Pigeon Forge

SCHA Vendor of the Year
April Gillispie - The Thomas Group

SCHA Hospitality & Tourism Educator of the Year
Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce

Women In Tourism and Hospitality Leader of the Year
Elise Collier Massey - Collier Restaurant Group

TN under 30 Emerging Leader of the Year
Jordan Ogle - Rocky Top Sports World

Lodging Employee of the Year
Pigeon Forge: Carol Warford - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg: Barbara Moore - The Greystone Lodge on the River
Sevierville: Beverly Bledsoe - Hampton Inn Sevierville

Lodging Manager of the Year
Pigeon Forge: Barbie Parillo - Inn on the River - Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg: Bob Davis - Fairfield Inn & Suites Gatlinburg
Sevierville: Jennifer McFalls - Hampton Inn Sevierville

Lodging General Manager of the Year
Sevierville: Erek Burkhart - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sevierville
Pigeon Forge: Billie Walker - Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge Teaster Lane

Restaurant Employee of the Year
Gatlinburg: Elisabeth Tovmasyan - Calhoun's Gatlinburg

Restaurant Manager of the Year
Sevierville: Tina New - Golden Corral Sevierville

Restaurant General Manager of the Year
Pigeon Forge: Annie Wagner - Flap Jack's Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg: Patty Coffey-McFall - Calhoun's Banquet's Gatlinburg

Community Service Award
Kahla Williams - Home 2 Suites/Tru by Hilton

On-Going Special Event Award
Red Roof Inn & Suites - Pigeon Forge

Guest Relations Award
Dean Townsend - The Inn at Christmas Place

Friend of Sevier County Award
Dee Lundy - Lundy Thomas Advertising

Sande Weiss Star Hospitality Award
Kelly DeBord- City of Sevierville

2017 SHA Scholarship Winners

2017 Student Scholarship Winners

The Sevierville Hospitality Association is very pleased to honor the following talented recipients of our $1,200 Scholarships:

KAYLE BEASLEY
Walters State Community College
Major - Business
Connection -has worked at the Hampton Inn Sevierville as does her mother 

KATHY VASQUEZ
Walters State Community College
Majors - Nursing
Connection - works at the Holiday Inn Express in Sevierville as does her mother.

SHELBY MCCROSKEY (not pictured)
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Major - Marketing & Hospitality
Connection - works at Landmark Inn, which is owned by her parents.

Congratulations to the three winners of SHA’s 2017 Scholarships. Each student graduated from Sevier County High School. Included below are the names of the colleges they are attending, their field of study, and their relationship to the tourism industry. 

 


2018 Employee Scholarship Winner

 Kathy Vasquez

Kathy Vasquez

Kathy Vasquez, the recipient of the 2018 SHA Employee Scholarship. This scholarship will enable Kathy to continue her studies in nursing at Walters State Community College. Kathy is currently a valued employee at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pigeon Forge - Sevierville. The scholarship is given to the school in the student’s name to be used for tuition, book, or other expenses related to their education.

CONGRATULATIONS KATHY! WE WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS AS YOU EMBARK ON YOUR CHOSEN CAREER PATH. 

2017 Stars of the Industry

Below are the 2017 Stars of the Industry Awards! 

SCHA Attraction of the Year
Ober Gatlinburg

SCHA Preferred Associate
Christy Lewis, Tennessee Express Tours

SCHA Vendor of the Year
Jessica Byrd Ratcliff, The Thomas Group

Women In Tourism and Hospitality Leader of the Year
Melanie Clifford, M Gibson Hotels

TN under 30 Emerging Leader of the Year
Micah Bolden, Pigeon Forge Chamber

Lodging Employee of the Year
PF: Bob Valentine, Inn at Christmas Place
G: JoAnn Ramsey, Park Vista Resort

Lodging Manageer of the Year
PF: Curt Balog, Bluff Mtn Reality & Rentals
G: Kent Nelson, Hospitality Solutions

Lodging General Manager of the Year
Eric Treadway, Courtyard Marriott Gatlinburg

Restaurant Employee of the Year
PF: Chelsea Dischiavi, GSM Murder Mystery
G: Magdalena Sobon, Calhoun’s Restaurant
S: Donna Phillips, Flapjacks Sevierville

Restaurant Manager of the Year
PF: Heather Hall, TGI Fridays Pigeon Forge
G: Tim Fulton, Collier Convention & Catering

Chef of the Year
Brian Keith Scruggs, Inn at Christmas Place

Restaurant General Manager of the Year
G: Jeff Christian, Calhoun’s Restaurant
S: Casey DeCoursey, Applewood Farmhouse

Community Service Award
Dollywood Resort

One-Time Special Event Award
Ole Smoky Moonshine

Guest Relations Award
Diane Townsend, Rocky Top Sports World

Sande Weiss Star Hospitality Award
Jackie Leatherwood, Greystone Lodge

The 14th Annual SHA Mini-Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual SHA Mini-Golf Tournament took place September 13 at Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf Course. 36 Teams had fun competing and we raised $9,500 for SHA’s Scholarship, community donations, and TPAC. THANK YOU ALL FOR A GREAT TURNOUT AND ALSO A SUPER $$$ TOTAL!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our fundraiser such a great success, including players, sponsors, donors, and volunteers! It was a great turnout, and a lot of fun for a great cause!

VENUE SPONSOR
Ripley's Old MacDonald Mini-Golf

GOLD SPONSORS - $1000
Dollywood
Rafting in the Smokies

SILVER SPONSORS - $500
Brochure Distribution Services
Citizens National Bank
Knoxville TVA Credit Union
Sevierville Chamber of Commerce

FOOD SPONSORS
Apple Barn Creamery
Collier Restaurant Group/Flapjacks
The DINER

HOLE SPONSORS - $100
Buddy’s BBQ
Bush’s Beans
Carl Hatcher Furniture
Comfort Inn Apple Valley
Country Tonite
Farrell Calhoun Painting
Food City
Greystone Lodge
Hampton Inn Kodak
Laundry Systems
MagiQuest
Message on Hold
New Direction Real Estate
Ninja Mystery Shopping
PF Hospitality Association
Rainforest Adventures
Rocky Top Wine Trail
Sevier County Bank
The DINER
The Old Mill
Titantic Museum PF (2) 
What to Do Magazine
Wilderness Resort at the Smokies
WonderWorks
XPlorie

THE TEAMS
Alcatrez East Apple Barn Creamery
Boys & Girls Club
Brochure Distribution Services
Cici’s Pizza
Citizens National Bank
Dixie Stampede/SM Adventures
Dollywood
Hampton Inn Gatlinburg
Hampton Inn Sevierville
Holiday Inn Express PF-Sevierville
Knoxville TVA Credit Union
MagiQuest
Mirror Sales/Sign Master
Rafting in the Smokies
Ripley’s Entertainment
SCEDC/United Way
Sevier Air
Sevier County
Sevier Distilling Company
Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
Sevierville Convention Center
Sevierville Golf Course
Shular Hospitality
Sky High Tours
SmartBank
Smokies Baseball (2)
Smoky Mountain Navigator
Tanger Outlet Mall
Tennessee State Bank
Texas Roadhouse Sevierville
The DINER
The Island
The Thomas Group
Walters State CC Foundation

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED DOORPRIZES!

AND MANY THANKS TO THE
SHA MINI-GOLF COMMITTEE
Amanada Barnes - Chair
Baron Mayes
Dottie Clabough
Eric Bradley
Lauren Chesney
Monica Jones
Shirl Emmert


Hopefully, we've included everyone. (If we have inadvertently left someone out, please let us know and we'll be happy to add you.) Thank You Everyone!