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Marco Ocean Beach Resort employees Ajan Sathan, colored shirt, and Alma Martinez, middle row third from right, pose with other winners of the 2009 Tourism Awards presented by the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Others in the photo are, back row: Rocky Beaudry of Dolphin Explorer, Michelle Castady of Naples Transportation and Kenny Hill of Everglades Excursions. Middle row: Alexis Brooks of Big Cypress National Preserve, Ralph Williams of Naples Zoo, Martinez, Sandy Lacefield of the Inn on Fifth and Ed Torroni of Colliier County Parks & Recreation.  Front: Sathan, Judy Neilsen (for a separate award for the Inn on Fifth) and Hope Haworth of the Hilton Naples. Submitted photo

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Marco Ocean Beach Resort employees Ajan Sathan, colored shirt, and Alma Martinez, middle row third from right, pose with other winners of the 2009 Tourism Awards presented by the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Others in the photo are, back row: Rocky Beaudry of Dolphin Explorer, Michelle Castady of Naples Transportation and Kenny Hill of Everglades Excursions. Middle row: Alexis Brooks of Big Cypress National Preserve, Ralph Williams of Naples Zoo, Martinez, Sandy Lacefield of the Inn on Fifth and Ed Torroni of Colliier County Parks & Recreation. Front: Sathan, Judy Neilsen (for a separate award for the Inn on Fifth) and Hope Haworth of the Hilton Naples. Submitted photo

Local resort workers honored

Two Marco Island hospitality industry workers from the same resort were among a dozen in the county recently recognized for their value in pampering visitors and bringing them back to the area.

Alma Martinez and Ajan Sathan of the Marco Beach Ocean Resort were recognized at the annual Collier County Tourism Week celebration under the auspices of the Naples, Marco Island Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Martinez was named Outstanding Hotel Employee — Support Staff, and Sathan was recognized in the Hospitality — Above and Beyond category.

A citation stated that Martinez is “always on top of the needs of her guests and remembers each guest’s special needs and requests in great detail.”

To that end, the citation read, Martinez even checks in on her guests on her days off.

Sathan was described as an outstanding room service attendant who is such a team player, he can often be found cooking, creating unique culinary experiences for guests.

His outgoing personality and passion for his work make him a very unique employee and an invaluable member of the team, his citation read.

CVB Executive Director Jack Wert said the workers honored “are the people who make a difference and keep visitors coming back to our area.

“We have great weather, beautiful beaches, excellent hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions, but the true treasures of our destination are those workers who continually create fun, memorable and meaningful experiences for our visitors,” Wert said.

He added that short-term visitors staying in hotels, vacation rentals and campgrounds create an annual economic impact of more than $1.2 billion in Collier County.

Health care company acquisition

A long-serving home health care company on Marco has changed hands.

SeniorBridge, a national provider of geriatric care management and home care for individuals with chronic health conditions, has announced the acquisition of 1st Choice Home Health Care.

This is the latest in a series of local agency acquisitions by SeniorBridge, making the company one of the largest providers of home-based care in Southwest Florida, according to a release.

Founder Monica Buddemeyer, LPN, will stay on with SeniorBridge to assist with the transition.

The SeniorBridge program helps patients with complex problems, including chronic medical illnesses, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as well as patients who require close oversight and management of care.

Take a day off

Overseeing a string of Centennial Bank branches between Marco Island and the Keys, President Theresa Condas regularly acknowledges her support teams.

This time, her own administrative assistant Shirley Orth is on the receiving end of kudos in the form of Star Employee of the Month, and is in line for a day’s vacation plus a cash bonus.

“Shirley’s positive attitude and pride in her job make her truly a star in our organization,” Condas said in a release.

Centennial has nine offices from Key West to Key Largo, and three offices on the west coast, including Marco.

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