LAYTON -- Two of the best in the state in the hospitality industry work at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.
The Utah Hotel Lodging Association recently announced its annual "Stars of the Industry" awards and named Karolina Sempsrott as Food and Beverage Service Employee of the Year.
Sempsrott has worked at the Davis Conference Center for nine years.
Steve Ito, a senior sales manager at the center, was also nominated by the association as Sales Service Employee of the Year.
Sempsrott and Ito were recognized publicly at the Davis County Commission meeting on Tuesday.
Sempsrott started as a server at the center in 2004, quickly climbing her way to center banquet manager, said Scott Lunt, Davis Conference Center General Manager and Regional Director of Operations for Western States Lodging.
"With an average of 600 events a year, she is the person behind the scenes orchestrating every detail of each event," Lunt said in a prepared statement to the Standard-Examiner.
"Karolina (Sempsrott) has high expectations and delivers an amazing guest satisfaction score, averaging 97.9 over the past three years," Lunt said. "A score that is unheard of in this industry."
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr., who frequents the conference center -- a county-owned property, said he is amazed at the amount of work Sempsrott and her staff go through to serve large dinner parties their food all at the same time, preventing guests from having to wait for others to be served while their food gets cold.
"It's wonderful food, and everyone gets to eat at the same time," he said.
"The food is above and beyond, not your standard rubber chicken meal," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.
But it wasn't just Sempsrott who was receiving attention.
Ito, a Weber State University Marketing and Public Relations graduate, also received high praise for being nominated as a "Star of the Industry" by the association.
"He is client-centric and understands the importance of building and maintaining relationships," Lunt said of Ito, who has gone from a marketing intern, to the center's senior sales manager over its government marketing.
Ito has been instrumental in bringing groups to the center like Anime Banzai, Basic Dance, and mixed martial arts fights, Lunt said.
Both Ito and Sempsrott are "tremendous assets" for the center, Lunt said.
The conference center, at 1651 N. 700 West, Layton, offers 85,000 square-feet of interior space, and a picturesque courtyard.
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