[Orlando, Fla] The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) recognized Karen Padgett, Sales and Catering Coordinator at Doubletree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, as the 2019 Hotel Employee of the Year, at the association’s annual Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration. The gala, held on Sept. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, honors men and women from around the Sunshine State for their remarkable work in the hospitality industry.
Since joining this industry in 2007, Padgett has continuously shown what it means to work in hospitality. Internally, she serves on the DoubleTree CARE Committee, a group focused on reaching out to staff members in need and pursuing community involvement. As the committee’s secretary, she has organized countless events in the past year, most notably raising $12,000 for Give Kids the World.
Padgett embodies hospitality culture and inspires the DoubleTree team she works with. Her passion showcases why FRLA awarded her with Hotel Employee of the Year.