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2017 Top HAT Award Winners

Winners of the Top HAT Awards Gala

Tourism Association of New Mexico (TANM) had the TIARRA awards and New Mexico Lodgers Association (NMLA) had the Stars of the Industry Awards but since those two have merged to form the new New Mexico Hospitality Association, we brought the Top HAT Awards Gala front and center with a fun-filled night of celebration!
Please visit http://newmexicohospitality.org/2018TopHAT for information on this year's Top HAT Awards Gala.

2017 Winners


Premier Award
Supplier/Vendor of the Year presented 
Paul Thompson & Associates (Santa Fe Valet)

Premier Award
Hospitality Professional of the Year 
Kenneth Riege
Comfort Suites Gallup 

Premier Award
Tourism Professional of the Year
Wendi Gelfound
Big W inc., formerly of Ojo Spa Restorts 

Premier Award
Limited Service Hotel of the Year
Lundeen Inn of the Arts (Las Cruces)

Premier Award
Full Service Hotel of the Year
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Personnel Award
Back-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year
Teresita Norwood 
Hyatt Regency

Personnel Award
Back-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year
Carlos Dominguez 
La Fonda on the Plaza

Personnel Award
Front-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year
Gabe Martinez
La Fonda on the Plaza

Personnel Award
Front-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year
Marco Chamorro
Isleta Resorts & Casino

Marketing Award
Best Broadcast Campaign
NBCUniversal Commercial Spots 
Visit Albuquerque

Marketing Award
Best Digital Campaign
The Andaluz Experience
Hotel Andaluz

Marketing Award
Best Print Campaign
2017 Visitors Guide
Santa Fe County

Marketing Award
Most Innovative Campaign
Rainy Day Discounts 
Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals

Product Development Award
Best New Experience
New Mexico True Atomic City Spy Tour
Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

Product Development Award
Outstanding Attraction
Route 66 Neon Drive Thru
Team 66: Marketing Steering Committee

Product Development Award
Outstanding Event
Pork & Brew
Visit Rio Rancho


2018 Top HAT Award Winners

2016 Top HAT Award Winners

2015 Top HAT Award Winners



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