Connie Russell, general manager of the Samoset Resort, presented eight awards during the Samoset’s annual Associate Appreciation Night held Jan. 3.

Russell said the awards recipients best exemplified the true spirit of the resort’s success in hospitality, customer service and professionalism in 2018.

Associate of the Year is awarded to the individual who best exemplifies extraordinary service, loyalty, total dedication and commitment to excellence, both individually and as part of the Samoset team. This year’s winner is Pat Murray, Hotel Housekeeping.

Manager of the Year is given to the manager who promotes the Samoset Resort in a positive light, and is respected by his or her peers, coworkers and subordinates. A true leader, the candidate “makes things happen.” This year’s winner is Jeremy Flint, Food & Beverage.

The Associate Advancement Award goes to the individual who has progressed the most in his or her position or in the resort in the past year. This year’s winner is Christienne Jones, guest activities coordinator.

The General Manager Award is presented to the individual who best illustrates the Samoset spirit and commitment. This year’s winner is Lauri Dawson, Health Club.

The Food & Beverage Hospitality Award goes to an individual who provides guests with great food and beverage service, going out of his or her way to accommodate guests to meet or exceed their expectations. This year’s winner is Liz Prock, Banquets.

The Hotel Hospitality Award goes to an individual who provides guests with great hotel service, going out of his or her way to accommodate guests to meet or exceed their expectations. This year’s winner is Nathan Haskell, Hotel Engineering.

The team spirit award goes to the department that has come together and best exemplifies the spirit of teamwork to achieve the resort’s goals. This year’s winner is Hotel Housekeeping Team.

A special award for 43 years of dedicated service was presented to an outstanding associate who was a true team player loved by hundreds of thousands of guests. Darlene Joy, Hotel Housekeeping.