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Huntley resident recognized for water park work

Anthony “TJ” Pollack, the director of aquatics at KeyLime Cove, a popular Chicagoland indoor waterpark resort, has been distinguished as the Department-Division Head Employee of the Year by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association's “Stars of the Industry” awards.

Pollack was honored during the statewide competition at the 24th Annual IHLA Membership Meeting and State Stars of the Industry Luncheon held last month in Chicago. Nearly 800 nominations were submitted across the state, with one winner selected in each of the 11 job categories: Hotelier, Department-Division Head, Manager, Administrative, Bell Staff, First-Level Supervisor, Food & Beverage – Front of the House, Food & Beverage – Back of the House, Guest Service, Housekeeping and Maintenance.

“This past October TJ was named a regional winner, and I was thrilled to see him recognized at the state level last month,” said Dale McFarland, general manager of KeyLime Cove. “This is the only program in the state that recognizes employees in the hospitality industry. We are truly fortunate to have someone of TJ’s caliber overseeing our aquatics team and indoor waterpark.”

McFarland nominated Pollack for his consistent positive impact made in safety and hospitality to provide the best indoor waterpark experience for the thousands of families that visit KeyLime Cove each year. Last year, Pollack was distinguished as the “Manager of the Quarter” (2nd Quarter) at KeyLime Cove. Additionally, his contribution to the aquatics department since KeyLime Cove opened its doors in 2008 has resulted in numerous state, national and international awards.H

“As the result of excellent services that employees such as Pollack provide, more than 86 million domestic visitors and 1.7 million international visitors choose to spend time in Illinois each year, spending about $80 million a day with Illinois businesses,” said IHLA President and CEO Marc J. Gordon. “One in 10 jobs in Illinois is directly or indirectly supported by travel expenditures.”

Pollack will represent the State of Illinois at the national Stars of the Industry awards on June 13, 2013 at the American Hotel & Lodging Association Awards conference in Denver.

This report was from the KeyLime Cove's public relations department

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