St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Employee of the Year Awards were announced on February 14, 2018 and one of our very own received the Top Award in the accommodations category! Arielle Crooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Augustine I-95 took home the coveted award for her outstanding service and dedication to the hospitality and tourism industry.


The Visitors and Convention Bureau Prize Patrol arrived on property last week and their President Richard Goldman presented her with this amazing award. Tom Jankowski, General Manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Augustine I-95, was very excited when he learned the news but was not surprised. Her time at the property has been nothing but positive and has won several awards among her peers including the Q1 Associate of the Quarter and most recently the 2017 Associate of the Year! Over the course of 2017, Arielle received 291 surveys. She scored an amazing 92% check in score overall! This score was within the top 3% of the entire brand!


She was also nominated for a Rose award in the Select Service Front Desk Agent category for the Northeast Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Although she did not take home a Rose Award this year, we cannot wait to watch her career in this industry bloom.


A note from Tom Jankowski: “Thank you Arielle for all of your hard work and dedication! A well-earned honor and it’s a pleasure having you be a part of the St. Augustine team! Way to go!”


Let’s all thank Arielle for her hard work and commitment to creating memorable moments for her guests and for making a big impact on the hospitality and tourism industry. Congratulations Arielle!


Story submitted by Tom Jankowski

Written by Courtney Woznek