Merrillville, IN – 9-30-2010 More than 100 nominations for the annual ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) Awards were received by the ROSE selection committee this year. The exceptional front-line employees were whittled down to 31 finalists and the one dozen winners are as follows:


2010 R.O.S.E. Award Winners


Tina Adams                                         Wells Fargo Advisors, Munster

Mary Barach                                       Majestic Star Casino, Gary

Amy Hoover                                       Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton

Melvin Howard                                 Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton

Amanda Lopez                                  Best Western Northwest Indiana Inn, Hammond

Shannon Pulkowski                         Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton

Anthony Retic                                   Eclipse Charters & Tours, Gary

Valerie Steel                                      Courtyard by Marriott, Hammond

Shelli Walczak                                    Courtyard by Marriott, Valparaiso

Beverly Wheaton                             Star Plaza, Merrillville

Paul Wheaton                                   Star Plaza, Merrillville

Pete Yaselsky                                    Lowell Downtown Merchants Association


Mark Maassel, President of the Northwest Indiana Forum and Speros Batistatos, President/CEO for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority hosted the evening and announced the winners on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

The ROSE Awards were created to honor the front-line employees who go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis. Most often, the customer has more interaction with the front-desk employee than an owner or manager. These front-line service employees are those that can have a lasting impression on the visitor.

The ROSE Awards are presented annually by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. ROSE nominations for front-line employees are accepted year-round at

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