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Unsung Hero


Any successful accommodation business relies on every individual employee to give their very best. Sometimes their efforts are highly visible, but often the hard work of team members goes unnoticed by guests. The Unsung Hero could be the conscientious cleaner, green-fingered gardener or the sous chef preparing a delicious breakfast day in /day out.

The Unsung Hero Award will reward the employee, nominated by owners, whom they rely on for their businesses to be successful — individuals who keep the business going, the glue that holds everyone together, and the virtual pillars of the property who deserve to have their time in the limelight. This is a great opportunity to put your property in the limelight but also to give a big special thank you to these special employees.

Shortlisted Properties

Montfair Resort Farm
Crozet, VA


Washington Sqaure Inn
San Francisco, CA


Raritan Inn at Middle Valley
Califon, NJ


Newton Villa Luxury B&B
Ontario, Canada


Kilmarnock Inn
Kilmarnock, VA


Judging criteria

Nomination will be a vital cog in the wheel that drives the success of the property, someone who demonstrated great dedication to the business over the years and improved processes in their area of expertise. We’re looking for someone who works behind the scenes to make the property successful for the business — and memorable for guests.

Unsung Hero Award 2022 Judges

Lui King

Lui is the Co-Founder & COO of Safely – the tech-enabled, data and insurance company. Before founding Safely, Lui was the COO of RemoteDepositCapture.com, the leading resource for remote deposit capture check processing. Previously, Lui worked in finance at The Home Depot and as a Special Projects Manager for Seton. Lui began his career working as a mechanical engineer at Arup, specializing in the design of green buildings. Lui earned his MBA in Finance from New York Univerity Stern School of Business. Lui is an Ironman and in his spare time, Lui spends time with his kids, traveling, and kiteboarding.

Karyl Leigh Barnes

Karyl Leigh is the president of Development Counsellors International, the leader in marketing places. Since joining DCI in 1998 from a New York State destination marketing organization, she has led destination strategy and campaign implementation for destinations on every continent except Antarctica. She has been a featured conference speaker on tourism topics at IACC, IMEX America, IMEX Frankfurt, NATJA, SATW, TMAC and numerous state tourism meetings. Karyl Leigh holds a master’s degree in global marketing communications from Emerson College/Brussels, is professionally accredited in marketing communications by the International Advertising Association and has completed her CDME with Destinations International.

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