Salute to Tourism Awards

6th Annual

January 18, 2019

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

12:00pm-1:00pm – Featured Speaker & Luncheon

Bridgewater Marriott

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.



Featured Speaker

We are pleased to welcome as this year’s featured speaker Steven Pedigo, expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking.

Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities.

Steven’s city clients range from New York to Jerusalem, Vancouver to Dallas. His corporate clients include BMW, Converse, Starwood Hotels, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, EDENS, and Kraft, among others.

Currently, Steven is the director of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab and a clinical assistant professor of economic development at NYU. He is also the director of research and advising for the Creative Class Group, in addition to being an associate partner at Resonance Consultancy and a senior advisor for Leland Consulting.

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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.


Additionally, we would like to thank House of Blooms for sponsoring our centerpieces for this year’s event.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please email

Nominations Now Open!


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Award Categories

Economic Champion: 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.

Service Excellence: 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.

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.

New! Outstanding Event: Presented to an event that exemplifies tourism industry best practices, supports the spirit of the Visit Somerset County brand, and demonstrates overall success in a positive economic and community-focused environment.

The awards selection committee is comprised of members of the current Somerset County Tourism Council Executive Committee, who review the ballots to identify the most compelling nominations.

Past recipients include:

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