Photo: McKinney’s “Hospitality Hero” Christina Degelia (left) receives her certificate and gift basket from Diann Bayes, McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.
The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau congratulates Christina Degelia for being named McKinney’s top Hospitality Hero. Degelia, who is the Special Events and Catering Manager at TPC Craig Ranch, received this honor as part of the MCVB’s observance of National Travel & Tourism Month (May 7-15, 2011).
“Texas hospitality is at the forefront of our thinking at the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, especially during National Travel & Tourism Week,” said Diann Bayes, MCVB Executive Director. “What better way to celebrate travel and tourism in our city than to recognize those in hospitality who work with the public – both visitors and residents – every day?”
The MCVB promoted the contest via a press release in the local media as well as via a social media (Facebook and Twitter) during National Travel & Tourism Week. Following is a sample of the comments the MCVB received, naming Degelia for this distinction:
· “Each time we need assistance with our event, Christina is the person that we work with. She is wonderfully talented and strives to make sure our event is perfect. She is an absolute joy to work with.” – S.W., Dallas
· “[Christina] provides true Texas hospitality as a genuine asset to our community and on a daily basis enhances McKinney’s reputation as a friendly place to live and visit.” – C.T., McKinney
· “She provides incredible above and beyond customer service for me and my family. She always stops with a friendly hello and is always gracious and patient with our small children.” – P.W., Frisco
· “[Christina] planned my son’s wedding at Craig Ranch. She took a lot of ‘planning pain’ away from my children and I could relax too. She is the reason we have parties or gatherings in TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. She is … the top in her class. Once, she told me, ‘I love what I’m doing.’ That sums it all!” – G.W., McKinney
“Christina Degelia was the clear winner with about three dozen emails commending her poise, class, professionalism, and hospitable nature,” Bayes said. “We had a wonderful response from the public for our contest and we were so pleased to have several other great nominees for this first-time contest, too.”
The other hospitality workers or volunteers in our community who were nominated as “McKinney Hospitality Heroes” include:
· Ron Johnson, Chestnut Square Historic Village Farmers Market
· Farmers/vendors, Chestnut Square Farmers Market
· Maxie Arriola, Saxby’s Coffee
· Ashley Kennedy, Heard-Craig House
· Earl Elcock, “M” Restaurant (at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites)
· Molly, Starbucks (Virginia at Adriatica)
· Debi Matzke, Rick’s Chophouse/Sauce on the Square
· Adel, Sonic (Hwy. 380/University)
· Oscar Diosdado – Spoons/Spoons Garage
“The MCVB commends all these people for being recognized by their customers for providing top-notch customer service and hospitality,” Bayes said.
This week, Bayes awarded Degelia with a gift basket from The Mom & Popcorn Company and a framed certificate.