Watauga County Native Receives Prestigious National Hilton Team Award

Last Updated on June 10, 2017 6:26 pm

A local woman has received a national award from the Hampton by Hilton hotel chain.

Renee Ensminger, Breakfast Manager at the Hampton Inn & Suites of Boone, was recently awarded the Spirit of Hampton by Hilton Award. Less than one percent of all Hampton by Hilton team members internationally receives the honor, as Hampton by Hilton recognizes only 240 team members a year.

Hampton by Hilton, the global brand of more than 2,020 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels, honored Renee with the award earlier this month. As a recipient of the award, she received a cash prize of $350, a Spirit of Hampton by Hilton Award plaque, and other special recognition during the year. 

The award is the highest form of brand-specific Team Member recognition, according to Hilton. Nominated by their peers because of exemplary loyalty, attitude and service, the chosen team member continually exceeds expectations of both customers and fellow team members.

Ensminger was nominated for the award by her peers after proving to be an exceptional role model. “Ensminger continues to make outstanding contributions to guests and team members, showing great enthusiasm in all areas of her work at the hotel,” said Tara Brossa, General Manager. “We are proud of her recognition as a Spirit of Hampton by Hilton Award winner, the company’s most prestigious team member award. Team members like Ensminger create a welcoming and exceptional experience for guests, and impacts other team members by creating a domino effect of great service.”

Employed at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Boone since September 2016, Ensminger is known for incredible leadership. she always strives to go the extra mile by creating the perfect guest environment.

In her recognition profile from the Hilton company it was noted that, “For Breakfast Appreciation month, Renee hosted a dinner at her home for her entire team where she presented gifts and framed certificates of appreciation, emphasizing each unique attribute. She also spent this time brainstorming how to celebrate appreciation month for other departments.”

The company also acknowledged Ensminger's work in the community, “she works closely with Hospitality House, a shelter and related ministries that provide assistance to those living in crisis, poverty and homelessness across a seven county region. She has donated 20 lbs of groceries including milk and yogurt to their Bread-of-Life Kitchen and assists in driving and dropping off stained linens and expired lost and found clothing.”

Photos: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Boone Facebook page

Team Breakfast
Renee and General Manager Tara Brossa
Housekeeping and Laundry Team
Front Desk Team


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