Atlantic City is lucky to have lots of heavy-hitters working hard to ensure its success as a tourist destination - the governor, lawmakers, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Alliance, casino executives, etc. But none of these people and organizations is, in the end, as important as the workers who serve the city's visitors. Success for the city comes down to the friendly waitress, the efficient valet, the helpful concierge, the diligent housekeeper, the smiling dealer.

For 17 years, the city has honored the best of these workers at the Atlantic City Host Awards. More than 250 people were nominated this year for 27 awards. Winners were selected by a panel of hospitality-industry judges. And since we think these valuable employees don't get anywhere near the recognition they deserve, we are printing below the names of the winners of the 2014 Host Awards. Thank you all.

Best Server, Non-Casino Fine Dining: Anna Smith, Gallagher’s Steakhouse

Best Server, Non-Casino Casual Dining: Jordan Koff, Distrito Cantina (Garces Group)

Best Visitor Information Personnel (Thomas G. Henning Award): Frank Becktel, Jitney Association

Best Non-Casino Food Production Personnel: Mary Bennett, Marriott Vacation Club-Fairways Villas

Best Non-Casino Reservationist: Krystle Bendijo, Marriott Vacation Club-Fairway Villas

Best Server, Fine Dining: Jason Valentino, Caesars Atlantic City

Best Server, Casual Dining: Marjorie Epps, Caesars Atlantic City

Best Server, Banquet/Catering: Greg Hall, Tropicana Casino and Resort

Best Food and Beverage Support: Johnson Bozil, Bally’s Atlantic City

Best Bartender: Deborah Criqui, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Best Host/Hostess: Sandra Rojas de Ospina, Showboat Atlantic City

Best Retail Sales: Lynn Stadtmueller, Bally’s Atlantic City

Best Valet: Ivan Kartselski, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa/The Water Club

Best Door Person: Vincent Pace, Showboat Atlantic City

Best Bell Person: Robert Bitzberger, Caesars Atlantic City

Best Room Service Personnel: Brian Govan, Tropicana Casino and Resort

Best Butler: Timothy J. Greenwood, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa/The Water Club

Best Room Attendant/Housekeeper: Maria Valle, Caesars Atlantic City

Best Concierge/Guest Services: Keely Halka, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa/The Water Club

Best Heart/Back of the House: Antonio Maldonado, Tropicana Casino and Resort

Best Security Personnel: Jason Tibbrine, Bally’s Atlantic City

Best Casino Games Personnel (Ray Kot Award): Shannon Goode, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

Best Casino Support Personnel: James Albert, Tropicana Casino and Resort

Best Public Area Personnel: Mukeshbhai Patel, Harrah’s Atlantic City

Best Cashier: Mary Daleo, Showboat Atlantic City

Best Cocktail Server: Janet Hendrix, Bally’s Atlantic City

Best Spa Attendant: Christine Callahan, Caesar’s Atlantic City

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