Salute to Tourism Awards

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Scroll down to see our 2018 winners.

5th Annual

January 19, 2018

11:30am-12:00 noon – Salute to Tourism Awards Presentation

12:00pm-1:00pm – Keynote Luncheon

The Bernards Inn

The Somerset County Salute to Tourism Awards

This annual event is designed to recognize individuals, places, organizations and events that have made Somerset County, NJ the vibrant place it is to visit, live, work and attract talent.



Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to welcome as this year’s keynote speaker Glenn Haussman, hospitality expert, writer and consultant. Glenn will discuss hotel trends and demonstrate how our $1.2 billion tourism industry connects employers with the amenities they are seeking.

Glenn hosts a weekly radio show-style podcast, is a frequent keynote speaker and is a sought out lodging trends expert with nearly 20 years’ experience. He is regularly featured as an expert for leading consumer publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post,, and The Chicago Tribune.

Glenn’s weekly podcast attracts the biggest names in hospitality as guests, and was recently selected by USA Today as one of the top podcasts to listen to while traveling. He motivates his audiences while empowering them to be more successful in their careers as well as in their own lives.

Somerset County Tourism would like to express our deepest appreciation and thanks to our Charter Sponsor, Duke Farms, for their continued generosity and endorsement of the Salute to Tourism Awards Program. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please email


Nominations have closed for this year. Scroll down to see the 2018 Nominees and Winners (indicated with a *).

Economic Champion: This award distinguishes a person or organization that has made a significant and direct impact on the Somerset County economy, whether through greater visitor spend, job creation, or increased tax revenues. Indirect impacts will also be considered.

  • Flounder Brewing Co.
  • Franklin Day Festival
  • Natirar Resort Development LLC *

Service Excellence: This award is presented to a Somerset County tourism professional who has demonstrated outstanding service. This person has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a customer’s experience at one of County’s tourism assets more enjoyable and represents the ideal of friendly and helpful service.

  • Jill Cerchio, Hampton Inn & Suites Bridgewater*
  • Fran Frederick, Homewood Suites Bridgewater/Branchburg
  • Monica Juhasz, Somerset County Environmental Education Center
  • Lisa Sepulveda, Branchburg Sports Complex

Tourism Champion: Recognizes an individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County’s attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors. The winner enhances community pride and promotes an understanding of the long term sustainability of our tourism industry.

  • Heritage Trail Association
  • Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
  • Jenna Intersimone, USA Today Network*
  • Somerset County 4-H Fair
  • Somerset County Environmental Education Center
  • Somerset Patriots
  • Tapastre Restaurant & Bar
  • The Tour of Somerville

The awards selection committee is comprised of representatives from fellow New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), who review the ballots in late December and choose the most compelling nominations.

Past recipients include:

The Bernards Inn                                                         The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant
Bridgewater Commons                                              Raritan Valley Community College
Bridgewater Marriott                                               The Somerset County Park Commission
The Dessert Plate                                                        The Somerset Patriots
Downtown Somerville Alliance                           Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery
Duke Farms                                                                    The United States Equestrian Team Foundation
The Far Hills Race Meeting Association           The USGA Golf Museum
Greater Media New Jersey                                      Verve Restaurant
Hyatt House Bridgewater