Penn Dixie’s Shirley Landsittel wins tourism award!

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Outstanding tourism awardee Shirley Landsittel and Director of Education Dr. Holly Schreiber displaying the Beacon Award following the ceremony.

With great pleasure we announce that Penn Dixie Lead Educator Shirley Landsittel has been named the Visit Buffalo Niagara Tourism Employee of the Year! Shirley received the honor at the 7th Annual Beacon Awards held in the Buffalo Convention Center on May 9, 2017. From the Beacon Awards website:

The tourism industry in Erie County reported $1.6 billion in revenues in 2016, spent across a diverse range of sectors: from lodging, recreation and food and beverage, to retail and services, transportation and even second homes! This year’s luncheon will recognize nearly 60 nominees to receive the prestigious Beacon Award in honor of their outstanding achievements to the industry.

Shirley was nominated for her exceptional customer service, focus on improving the Penn Dixie visitor experience, help with training new employees, patience with challenges and obstacles, great ideas and suggestions, reliability, and willingness to help out wherever needed — even on her days off. Please don’t hesitate to congratulate Shirley in person — she’ll be at the site quite a bit this season!

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Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes, The VBN Buffalo, Lead Educator Shirley Landsittel, and Director of Education Dr. Holly Schriber at the Buffalo Convention Center.

Keynote speakers at the ceremony included Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and Visit Buffalo Niagara President/CEO Patrick Kaler. Over 600 individuals attended the ceremony to honor excellence in tourism.