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Champions of Hospitality Awards 

We're delighted to announce the Oasis Awards are back with a new name - Champions of Hospitality Awards Gala.

Register now for the first annual Champions of Hospitality Awards Gala, a celebration of the individuals and organizations that embody the resilient and innovative spirit of our local hospitality industry. All proceeds from the event support the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation.

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Location: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

This event is now SOLD OUT. Silent Auction and Wine Pull Tickets are available. Click the button below for more information.

2022 HOSPITALITY AWARD WINNERS

Resort Hotel: Heart of House
Nicolasa Rivas, Housekeeping Room Attendant
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

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Martin Martinez-Ramirez
Executive Steward
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
 
Resort Hotel: Front of House
Luis Cuello Torres, Bell Person
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
 
Full Service Hotel: Front of House
Yesenia Lopez, Guest Service Champion Manager
The Paloma Resort
 
Full Service Hotel: Heart of House
Yolanda Amarillas, Room Attendant
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
 
Select Service Hotel: Heart of House
Santos Carranza Mendoza, Room Attendant
Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
 
Select Service Hotel: Front of House
Edwin Juarez, Guest Services Manager
Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
 
Boutique or Hot Spring Hotel: Front of House
Joan Shirley, Hotel Manager
Talavera Palm Springs
 
Boutique or Hot Spring Hotel: Heart of House
James Collier, Engineer
Colony Palms Hotel & Bungalows 

Vacation Rental: Heart of House
Alex Bilson, Property Care Technician
Acme House Co
 
Vacation Rental: Front of House
Bernadette Reyes, Leasing Manager
La Quinta Resort Leasing
 
Restaurant/Bar: Front of House
Roger Lachowicz, Bartender
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs 

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Sue Hinkle, Server
Cactus Jacks

Restaurant/Bar: Heart of House
Jorge Martin Hurtado, Head Cook
 Grill-A-Burger

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Rafael Munoz
Head Chef
Lulu Catering & Events 

Attractions/Tours
Julian Gasca, Senior Game Master
Escape Room Palm Springs

Venue Champion
Mario Irrera, Director of Operations
Palm Springs Convention Center

Wellness Champion 
Guillermina Rosas, Spa Specialist
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
 
Retail Champion
Diane McLarty, Store Associate
Rancho Relaxo

2022 SAN JACINTO RISING STARS

Rebekah Osborne
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
 
Manigee Javan
The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
 
Emily Mendoza
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
 
Baldomero Felix-Felix
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
 
Cassidy Miller
Poolside Vacation Rentals

2022 PALM AWARDS FOR VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Outdoor Experiences
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Health & Wellness
Maria Lease, Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis

Culinary
Elizabeth Ostoich, FARM / Tac-Quila / The Front Porch / Clandestino

Arts & Culture
Chris and Alexis Ramirez, SUPERBLOOM

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Palm Springs Convention Center 

2022 OASIS AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Brian Edson

The Good House

2022 SANTA ROSA DIVERSITY CHAMPION

Rota Matsunaga

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 

Thank You To Our Sponsors

City Of Rancho Mirage Omni Logo DESERT CHAMPIONSDESERT ADVENTURES  

Congratulations to all the incredible people and businesses nominated this year! 

Hospitality Award Nominees 

Awarded for enriching the overall visitor experience by providing exceptional customer service and hospitality. 

Resort Hotel Champion Front of House 

Oliver Bacher, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Tracey Berlfein, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Feriel Bouanane, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Jesus Corona, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
Eladio Cruz, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells 
Joe Diaz, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Jason Fujimoto, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Palm Desert 
Ruben Guillen, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Michelle Ho, The Parker Palm Springs 
Manigee Javan, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
David Jimenez, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Nicole Lockwood, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Cindy Osuna, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Amber Owens, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Matthew Roberts, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 
Gerardo Robledo, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Daniel Rodriguez, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Alex Salas, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Glenda Sales, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 
Brian Schmidt, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage 
Marco Sosa, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Luis Cuello Torres, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
James Toscano, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Jesse Villanueva, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 

Resort Hotel Champion Heart of House 

Veronica Alvarez, La Quinta Resort & Club 
Jose “Silver” DeLeon, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Diane Drucker, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Esad Dulic, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Sofia Diaz, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Brianna Garcia, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells 
Blanca Hernandez, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Darryl Lee, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Alejandra Loustaunau, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Richard Lucas, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells 
Martin Martinez-Ramirez, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 
Sammy Orozco, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Cindy Perera, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Dawn Raim, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Elena Requeno, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells 
Nicolasa Rivas, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Jay Rodriguez, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Gloria Amaro Sanchez, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage 
Janine Whitney, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Raymond Ypina, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 

Full Service Hotel Champion Front of House 

Kevin Janasak, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Rachael Kerr, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Yesenia Lopez, The Paloma Resort 
Gilbert Lujan, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Lana Nespoli, Embassy Suites by Hilton La Quinta Hotel & Spa 
Claudia Valles, Hilton Palm Springs 

Full Service Hotel Champion Heart of House 

Yolanda Amarillas, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Megan Bordenkircher, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Jonathan Esparza Jaimes, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Eufemia Perez, Hilton Palm Springs 
Arturo Ramirez, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 

Select Service Hotel Champion Front of House 

Julian Garcia, Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert 
Edwin Juarez, Palm Mountain Resort & Spa 
LaShan Pope, Residence Inn by Marriott La Quinta 
Nancy Auclair, Hampton Inn & Suites Indio 

Select Service Hotel Champion Heart of House 

Esther Jimenez, Palm Mountain Resort & Spa 
Enma Lopez, Hampton Inn & Suites Indio 
Santos Carranza Mendoza, Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert 

Boutique or Hot Spring Hotel Champion Front of House 

Brandi Perry, Colony Palms Hotel & Bungalows 
Joan Shirley, Talavera Palm Springs 
Michael Spencer, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta 
Van Stevens, The Good House 

Boutique or Hot Spring Hotel Champion Heart of House 

Patricia Chavarria, Desert Hot Springs Inn 
James Collier, Colony Palms Hotel & Bungalows 
Kyle Walsh, Descanso Resort 

Vacation Rental Champion Front of House 

Nadia De Winter, Coyote + Stars Habitat LLC 
Cassidy Miller, Poolside Vacation Rentals 
Bernadette Reyes, La Quinta Resort Leasing 
Gene Warness, ACME House Company Vacation Rentals 

Vacation Rental Champion Heart of House 

Alex Bilson, ACME House Company Vacation Rentals 
Daniella Gonzalez, Lux Box Agency 
Cynthia Light, Purveyors of Leisure 
Henry Sauceda, Oranj Palm Vacation Homes 

Restaurant/Bar Champion Front of House 

Jason Ackley, Ben & Jerry’s at The River 
Ramon Calderon, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Diego Casillas, LULU Catering & Events 
Chanel Castaneda, LULU California Bistro 
Tom Collins, Eight4Nine Restaurant 
Victor Cortes, Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort & Club 
Dellarie Del Porto, The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage 
Brian Dewberry, Morgan’s in the Desert at La Quinta Resort & Club 
Grace Hill, Wildest Restaurant 
Sue Hinkle, Cactus Jacks 
Amanda Jasso, Tac/Quila 
Roger Lachowicz, Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs 
Thomas Maiorano, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 
Justina Ramirez, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Danny Romero, Las Palmas Brewery 
Tony Sanza, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Angel Portillo, Pinzimini at The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 

Restaurant/Bar Champion Heart of House 

Dayvid Agcaoili, The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs 
David Arreguin, Tac/Quila 
Pablo Cruz, LULU California Bistro 
Ed Heethuis, Taproom 29 at Spotlight 29 Casino 
Jorge Martin Hurtado, Grill-A-Burger 
Jorge Martinez, Café One Eleven at Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City 
Rafael Munoz, LULU Catering & Events 
Ramon Ocelotl, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Sergio Hernandez Ramirez, The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage 
Mindy Reed, Zin American Bistro & Revel Public House 
Claudia Salvador, Backstreet Bistro 
Trilby Tatro, Wildest Restaurant 

Attractions/Tours Champion 

Michael P. Carson, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum 
Julian Gasca, Escape Room Palm Springs 
Elaine Rose, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Bill Baker, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
John Williams, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Bruce Elwood, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Leo Sullivan, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Harold Trubo, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Ed Thayer, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Dave Seifert, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Ron Nelson, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 

Wellness/Spa Champion 

Aliah Allal-Mendoza, Spa La Quinta at La Quinta Resort & Club 
Katherine Cuomo, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Kelli Lewis, The Good House 
Debbie Pearcy, Studio M Salon and Spa 
Guillermina Rosas, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Maribel Silva, Spa La Quinta at La Quinta Resort & Club 
Daniel Spencer, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage 

Retail Champion

Daniel Alvarez, Ralph Lauren Palm Desert 
Curtice Burkett, The Body Deli 
Kevin Kemper & Howard Hawkes, H3K Home & Design 
Yadira Leon, Shields Date Garden 
Diane McLarty, Rancho Relaxo 
Rosemary Morgan, La Quinta Resort & Club 
Linda Shanks, The Body Deli 
Darleen Strathde, The Body Deli 

Venue Champion

Mario Irrera, Palm Springs Convention Center 
Glenn Schmidt, Savoury’s Catering

PALM AWARD VISITOR EXPERIENCE NOMINEES 

Elevates the Greater Palm Springs brand and inspires more visitors to the destination by consistently ensuring extremely high-quality guest services, unique experiences, or customer value in the following categories: Arts & Culture, Outdoor Adventure, Culinary Experiences, Health & Wellness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.  

Alberto Acosta, Museum of Ancient Wonders 
David and Lynn Fraschetti, Passion4Pinot Wine Festival
Chris and Alexis Ramirez, SUPERBLOOM
Steve Hankin, Desert International Horse Park 
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 
Kimberly Renee, Red Jeep Tours & Metate Ranch Events by Desert Adventures
Ben & Jerry’s at The River 
Blu Bryan, I Heart Mac and Cheese 
Dennis Costa, PS Air Bar & Lounge 
Joel Delmond, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
La Fe Wine Bar 
Elizabeth Ostoich, FARM, Tac/Quila, The Front Porch and Clandestino
Skip Paige, Little Bar 
Bike Palm Springs 
Brian Edson, The Good House 
Maria Lease, The Oasis at Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis 
Palm Springs Convention Center 

SANTA ROSA DIVERSITY CHAMPION NOMINEES 

Recognizes an individual who, by advocating, educating, developing programs, and/or raising awareness of DEI issues, has strengthened and affected meaningful change to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hospitality and tourism industry. 

Brian Edson, The Good House 
Rick Leson, Palm Springs Convention Center 
Rota Matsunaga, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Kimber Foster, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
 

OASIS AWARD NOMINEES 

Awarded for leading in eco-friendly tourism and implementing green/sustainable practices into their business. 

Brian Edson, The Good House
Lynne Toles, Savoury’s Catering

SAN JACINTO RISING STAR NOMINEES 

Presented to an individual who has worked in hospitality or tourism less than 5 years, or is under 40 years of age, and has contributed to the promotion of travel, tourism, and hospitality in Greater Palm Springs. This exceptional individual has demonstrated the skills, talents, attitudes and initiative that are the hallmarks of a rising star. 

Katerina Brown, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 
Brian Edson, The Good House 
Baldomero Felix, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 
Flavius Garmacea, Expedia Cruises Palm Desert 
Michael Gonzales, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 
Mahasti Islami, Desert Hills Premium Outlets 
Manigee Javan, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa 
Deja Kreutzberg, The Gardens on El Paseo 
Carly McGarry, PGA West Resort & Club 
Emily Mendoza, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 
Rebekah Osborne, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Indian Wells 

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