Michael Flowers, left, displays the Iris D. Larson Hospitality Award he won Sept. 6 during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Orlando. Standing next to him is Bilmar Beach Resort General Manager Clyde Smith.
TREASURE ISLAND – Michael Flowers, a four-year employee of the Bilmar Beach Resort was recently awarded the Iris D. Larson Hospitality Endowment.
He was presented the award at the 2012 Governor’s Conference on Tourism on Sept. 6 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort. In addition to a plaque in recognition of this honor, Flowers received $1,000 from Visit Florida.
Both his mother, Timeka Ross, and Bilmar Beach Resort General Manager Clyde Smith were in attendance for the presentation.
“I have no doubt Michael Flowers will continue to have great success with his work, scholastics and life in general,” said Smith. “While he is the last person to seek out personal recognition he is also the first person to step up when his efforts are needed to improve the resort or a guest’s experience.”
Flowers earned an Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg College and is currently enrolled at the University of South Florida where he plans to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in business. He was nominated for the award by Smith.
“My personal philosophy has always been to try and make people comfortable and to be polite in all circumstances,” said Flowers. “No matter what their background is, I try to make every guest know they are a VIP to me and my resort.”
Created by Bob and Iris Larson, past owners of a small motel in Kissimmee, the award was started to recognize hospitality and tourism industry professionals who exemplify the qualities of selfless spirit of service and leadership in their work experience.