Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Names 2012 Associate, Manager And Team Of The Year
Following its third year as the newest luxury beach resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa proudly recognizes resort concierge Gary Hidu as employee of the year, sales manager Megan Duby as manager of the year and the engineering department as team of the year for their achievements and contributions to the resort’s overwhelming success in 2012.
A 20-year veteran of the travel industry, Gary Hidu honed his skills at designing vacations while working at his family’s New Jersey travel agency before moving to Clearwater Beach five years ago. Since then, he has spent countless hours scouring the destination for the best activities, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Armed with a surplus of ideas and recommendations as well as an ability to keenly understand guests’ individual needs, Hidu is a leader in his field. He has even earned membership in the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or, the premier national organization of hotel lobby concierges.
Meeting connections sales manager Megan Duby has quickly worked up the ranks since joining the Hyatt family four years ago. As an original member of the resort’s pre-opening team, Duby has played an integral role in launching the new Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. Her recognition as manager of the year was awarded based on her stellar customer service skills and attention to detail when working with her customers and sales team colleagues. In addition to her sales and management responsibilities, she serves on the resort’s Associate Relations Committee, which helps organize events to engage and recognize associates. An active member of the community, Duby is also a member of the Clearwater Young Professionals group.
“We are so proud of Gary, Megan and the engineering staff and believe they represent the best of the best amongst our already outstanding team,” said General Manager Brian Kramer. “Through their dedication and leadership, they have helped us further raise the bar for hospitality and tourism in the local area.”
Since opening its doors in February 2010, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach has quickly accrued its own awards and accolades: the prestigious AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award; four green keys designation by the Green Key Eco-rating Program; the 2012 Impact Award Winner by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts; the 2012 Brides’ Choice Award by Wedding Wire; one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For by Florida Trend; one of Tampa Bay’s Top Work Places 2012 by the Tampa Bay Times; the 2011 ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award; the 2011 Large Business of the Year Award by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce; TripAdvisor’s 2011 Certificate of Excellence; placement on Elite Meetings’ Top 100 Hotels List; recognition as a gay-friendly hotel by the TAG Approved® Accommodations Program; and the Metro’s Best Award in the Hot Spots to Shop, Dine, Play & Escape by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine for the past two consecutive years. The resort’s signature SHOR American Seafood Grill has also earned the Best Dessert Award at Clearwater Beach’s Restaurant Week for the past two consecutive years, the 2011 “Best of Show” at A Taste of Clearwater and Tampa Bay Magazine’s Best of Tampa Bay Award for the last three consecutive years.