Plan a Meeting

Start Planning
Indiana Convention Center


Sign up for trip ideas, opportunities to receive prize packs, and more!

Sign Up For Email
An Indiana street

2023 Honorees

Quick Links to Winner Stories:

ROSE Award Winners


ROSE Award Nominees

Ronald Alexander, Sr.
Conrad Indianapolis

Kaitlyn Birdwell
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Jeff Bobbitt
Indianapolis Marriott East

Timothy Bommarito

Barbara Brazzell
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis South

Robert Brewer
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

Maurice D. “Mo” Burns
Prime 47 Carmel

Sandra Cabrera
Ironworks Hotel Indy

Christine Cade
Tru By Hilton Indianapolis Downtown

Max Campbell
St. Elmo Steak House

Maria “Lulu” Canico
Harry & Izzy’s Circle Centre

Taffie Cassell
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown

Sara Castillo
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fishers Northeast

Allen Celestine
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Kishor Chaudhari
Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station

Jose Cruz
Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel

Maria D’Ruiz
Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis-Airport

Jay Davis
The HandleBar Indy

Mike Davis
Eiteljorg Museum

Michael Denton
Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Airport

Sonia Espinoza
Indianapolis International Airport

Ann Everett
Daniel’s Vineyard & Winery

Natalie Fields
Conrad Indianapolis

Jay Fisher
Tastings – A Wine Experience

William Franklin
Indianapolis Airport Authority

Mike Furnish
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Mayra Garcia
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Airport

Kaitlin Hagenow
Marriott IndyPlace

Anneliese Hahn
Hotel Carmichael

Renee Hay
The Eagle’s Nest

Cheretta Henderson
Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown

Jaime Hernandez
Fairfield by Marriott Indianapolis Fishers

Efren Herrera
Le Méridien Indianapolis

Tyler Hoover

Olivia Hubbard
The Best Chocolate in Town

Jonathan Jackson

Richard Jackson
Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel

Ali Jawad
Marriott Indianapolis North

Jacqueline Johnson
Renaissance Indianapolis North

LJ Johnson
Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport

Alexandra Jones
Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Airport

Laurie Kazmucha
HC Tavern + Kitchen

Debbie Keith
Charlie Browns Pancake & Steak House

Alex Kissick
Harry & Izzy’s River’s Edge

Bryan Kuhn
Accent Indy, A DMC Network Company

Vilma Leiva
Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Airport

Sydnee Lekarczyk

James Leonard
Sodexo Live!

Justin Lewis
Livery Noblesville

Evelyn Lig
Heart of the House Hospitality

Kiah Linstrum
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown

Dominaye Lockett
1933 Lounge Fishers

Courtney Long
Bullseye Event Group

Stacy Long
Bottleworks Hotel

Maria Lopez
Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown

Alberto Lugo
LGC Hospitality

Patrick MacDonald
Lou Malnati’s

Norma Malvaiz
Candlewood Suites Downtown Medical District

Olivia Mannon
Ironworks Hotel Indy

Chase Marshall
JW Marriott Indianapolis

Pam Masters
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport

Andrew Mears
Omni Severin

Teriz Michael
Marriott Indianapolis North

Faouzi Mihoubi
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Rick Miller
Royal Transportation

Regina Moore
Omni Severin

Sydney Morrow
Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Diana Mulamba
Newfields - A Place for Nature & the Arts

Kim Pennycuff
Lucas Oil Stadium

Ramon Perez

Brandon Perryz
Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Scott Person
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Matthew Phillips
A Classic Party Rental

Lois Priestly
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport

Leela Rao
Newfields - A Place for Nature & the Arts

Christin Rollett
500 Festival

Danny Russel
Indiana Historical Society

Amy Sanford
Home2 Suites by Hilton Downtown

Cindy Schassberger
Hotel Carmichael

Emily Schnell
Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown

Mark Spangler
The Free Enterprise System

Ronald Swanson
Hampton Inn Indianapolis Northwest – Park 100

Ashlynn Thomas
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Coy Tipton
Peterson’s Restaurant

Sydney Tipton
Courtyard & SpringHill Suites Indy Downtown

Jill Towers
Citizens Energy Group

Marcus Watts
The HandleBar Indy

Sheri Watts
Citizens Energy Group

Barry Wehr
Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium

Sandy Wells
Le Méridien Indianapolis

Deanna Whitlow
Fairfield by Marriott Indianapolis Carmel

Madison Winings
Bottleworks Hotel

Stephen “Woody” Woods
Indianapolis Motor Speedway


rightside Rose honorees




“When I was chosen as one of the recipients, my years in the hospitality field had so much more meaning. Can you imagine how great it feels to meet people who still remember me as a winner? It is a truly humbling experience.”



Patty Camerone Ruth's Chris Steak House

Barry Wehr — Teamster
Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium

Barry Wehr has been a full-time set-up Teamster at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium for twenty-five years. In his tenure, he has seamlessly set up more than 12,500 events inside the Indiana Convention Center. He works behind the scenes to set up exhibit booths, lay carpet, and build bleachers. A good set-up team leader is indicated by how little they are noticed by the client. Barry works two full-time jobs, and after coming straight from his other job, he checks in early with the Convention Center’s night supervisor to see where he needs to focus his immediate attention. He then preps for the day’s big event, with setup completion ready to go before the client steps foot in the door.
< back to top >

Olivia Mannon — Guest Services Supervisor
Ironworks Hotel

It’s estimated that across the four years Olivia has worked for this northside hotel, she’s penned nearly one thousand personalized welcome notes to visitors attempting to make an ordinary visit to Indy extraordinary. She’s known for going above and beyond in creating personalized pet amenities to welcome Indy’s four legged visitors. After making the Dean’s List at Ivy Tech, Olivia went on to explore other tourism hot spots like Hawaii and Miami, Florida, working for a five-star resort. While finding her stride in tourism and solidifying her passion in serving others, she always kept coming back to her hometown and hub for hospitality, Indianapolis.
< back to top >

Scott Person — Downtown Safety Ambassador
Downtown Indy, Inc.

For the past seven years, Scott has walked Indy’s downtown streets to clean, beautify and welcome visitors. He’s become a familiar smiling face to many. On multiple occasions, Scott has personally escorted visitors to their destinations, whether they were searching for their parking garage or the nearest grocery store. Scott has taken the time to get to know everyone he sees downtown– the bellmen, the valet, the bankers, and conventioneers. He’s also spent time getting to know our downtown unhoused neighbors and hearing their stories. For instance, after earning the trust of one gentleman, Scott ensured he was referred to the Homelessness Initiatives Program, providing him safety and needed care.
< back to top >

Antonia Zunarelli — Sales Manager and Owner
Indiana Roof Ballroom

When Antonia and her family took over operations at Indiana Roof Ballroom in 2002, the hospitality industry was introduced to the most quintessential industry leader – yet one of the most unassuming professionals. From events large and small, the Indiana Roof Ballroom has hosted presidents to pop stars and the most lavish of weddings. Behind it all is Antonia Zunarelli, never sitting still so that no detail is ever missed. Yet she never seeks attention nor praise. Based on the team at the Roof Ballroom’s tenure, it is evident that the staff all love her. She’s dedicated her weeknights and weekends to this industry for twenty-one years. Antonia has served nearly four thousand and three hundred events here, fourteen of those being the Annual ROSE Awards.
< back to top >

Debbie Keith — Server
Charlie Browns Pancake and Steak House

Charlie Browns Pancake and Steak House has had a consistent smiling face for more than three decades. Her trademark is her two-foot spoon she carries around ready to bop any customer who acts out. For the many Indy-based regulars or the visitors who have become regulars, they all know that if you fall victim to the spoon, it’s because Debbie likes you. This Speedway hot spot is no stranger to the crowds during race month. On race weekend, Debbie will show up to work before the sun comes up to get ready ahead of opening. She’ll walk past an already long line of visitors waiting at the door whether they’ve been standing in queue for awhile or they brought their camping chair to hold their spot. For thirty years, she’s compiled a roster of regulars coming from all corners of the globe, bellying up to the booth and anxiously awaiting that smile, that hug, and maybe even a tap of the silver spoon.
< back to top >

James Leonard — Suite Host
Sodexo Live!

Barnes & Thornberg has been the benefactor of having James serve as their suite host since the stadium’s opening. He’s now introduced his larger-than-life personality and compassionate character to over 5,000 suite guests. The firm will fly in visitors from around the country and host them in their suite, serving as a recruitment tool to acquire new clients. While their law credentials go a long way, it’s also James’ warm welcome, over-the-top service and genuine care that can seal the deal. He is most often the perception these visitors have about Indy as a destination.
< back to top >

Pam Masters — Server
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport/Schahet Hotels

While Pam’s responsibilities are specific to serving visitors at Hilton Garden Inn, you’ll often find her with her sleeves rolled up helping polish silverware in the banquets department or cleaning the public restrooms. When a restaurant visitor asked for a specific food item one morning, she took it upon herself to go and buy it with her own money. The next morning, the kitchen was re-stocked and ready for the hotel guest to come down for breakfast. Pam is notorious for showing up to the hotel on her off days, just to lend a hand. She has quickly become the heart and soul of the hotel and the trendsetter for their guests’ expectations.
< back to top >

Stephen "Woody" Woods — Supervisor of Facilities
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

For the past twenty-seven years Woody has been examining the most iconic racetrack in the world with a fine tooth comb. Every fence row, bleacher seat, tire barrier, or inch of the track’s surface is presented in world-class form so that the millions of visitors and 33-daring drivers can enjoy a safe and seamless experience. As an example of his loyalty and dedication to the visitor experience, Woody couldn’t sleep after watching heavy rain roll through Indy the day before the big race. So, what does he do? At 2 a.m. he gets behind the wheel of the sweeper to begin removing the excess water from the track’s surface. And he did this at the request of no one.

He’ll do whatever it takes to make the track one of the best places in the world to host events and give people from not just the US, but from around the globe, a positive experience in Indianapolis.
< back to top >

Jonathon Jackson — Coach Operator

Jonathon connects our community and visitors to cultural and economic opportunities through safe, reliable, and courteous transportation services at IndyGo. He also has personal mission to help others achieve a healthy lifestyle. He even started a company called “I’m Why, and hosted his first 5K race called “Run for Ya Life” as an opportunity to directly impact others’ lives through accountability and encouragement. As an added testament to his dedication to the community, he donated the proceeds to the Indianapolis Art Center and the Christamore Youth Program. His care for others continues to shine as he participates in the “Give the Kids the World Village Marathon” each year, raising funds that allows families with children suffering from a critical illness to enjoy a weeklong, cost-free vacation.

Jonathon has been seen handing out food and essentials to Indy’s unhoused population. Out of the goodness of his own heart, out of his own pocket, and, out of his pure will to make others feel seen and worthy. He is the physical definition of hope and inspiration. After losing nearly 100 pounds himself, he has decided to become a source of motivation for others. That strive for excellence has become a part of his approach to those who step on his bus, those he passes by on the city streets, and those who work alongside him – his work family.
< back to top >