Scott Kammerer, president of Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, announced the recipients of the company's Shining Star Awards for the third quarter of 2016. The employees, who are selected from each restaurant, help foster a positive work environment. They're also committed to giving guests a memorable dining experience.
One of the youngest employees is Troy Draine, who works at Lupo Italian Kitchen. "Troy is awesome. We are so thankful to have him on our team. He is hardworking, dedicated and willing to help out in any way possible. He's a rock star! That's why he deserves to be a Shining Star," said Meghan King, Lupo general manager.
The other Shining Stars include: Anthony Leonardi from Fish On in Lewes, Azucena Hernandez Solis from Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria in Rehoboth Beach, Ashlan Poniatowski from Matt's Fish Camp in Bethany Beach, Brain Fritzinger and Kirsten Goodman from Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach, Nolbia Hernandez from NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, Jaime Rubio from Catch 54 in Fenwick Island, Efrain Martinez from Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island and Jayson Saldana from Matt's Fish Camp in Lewes.
The restaurant managers and the directors of operations selected the employees. "As a criteria, we ask the managers to look for employees who represent our company culture and our mission," Kammerer said.
Each employee received a certificate and a $250 bonus. The awards are given out four times a year.