by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area
Mary Raymond of Pointe Royale Properties Inc. in Branson, has received the Professional Hospitality Director of the Year Award for customer service from Branson Hospitality Inc. The award was presented during the Golden Hands Award Ceremony Dec. 17 at the Ozarks Discovery IMAX Complex in Branson.
Ed Michel, president of Branson Hospitality, said Raymond was one of seven finalists for the award. The award caps a professional hospitality training program offered by Branson Hospitality.
Course I and Course II sessions were offered several times during the 1998 tourism season, and more than 500 people attended. The program is being expanded for 1999, Michel said.
Adrianna Norris became a first-time business owner with the opening of Finley River Chiropractic; PaPPo’s Pizzeria & Pub launched its newest location; and Huey Magoo’s opened its second store in the Ozarks.