HAMMOND | The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority honored members of the hospitality and tourism industry leading professionals, attractions and events.
W. F. “Bill” Wellman was awarded the 2013 Chester F. Dobis Public Service in Hospitality Award. Wellman has been serving the hospitality and tourism industry for more than 50 years. Early in his career, he developed Holiday Inns in both Valparaiso and Portage, as well as Wellman’s Restaurant, Bowling Lanes and Bridge VU Dinner/Theatre in Valparaiso.
Wellman participated in the design and development of the 3400-seat Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, for which he served as the general manager. Currently, Wellman is the senior vice president of communications for Whiteco Industries, Inc.
Mayors Joseph M. Stahura and David D.F. Uran were awarded the 2013 Elected Official of the Year award. Mayor Stahura was awarded Elected Official of the Year for his continued work to bring the Chicago Baseball Museum and the Mascot Hall of Fame to the City of Whiting. Mayor Uran was awarded Elected Official of the Year for his work on the Crown Point Sportsplex.
Award recipients also include Fair Oaks Farms Pig Adventure for the 2013 Most Innovative Attraction, Jak’s Warehouse for the 2013 Best New Attraction, Pastor Ron Johnson, Jr. for the 2013 Bring It Home Hero Award for the Band of Brothers conference and the Professional Disc Golf Association PDGA World Championships for the 2013 Event of the Year.
“The annual Hospitality Awards recognize the professionals and businesses who are bringing visitors to the region,” stated Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA. “Dedicated and innovative leaders in the tourism industry are what keep Northwest Indiana competitive with other destinations.”
To nominate an individual or organization for one of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s annual recognitions, contact Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone at (219) 989-7770.