SEBRING, Fla. (May 26, 2023) – On May 17, at the Highlands County Tourism Insights Program, Visit Sebring presented eight Winner’s Circle Awards to recognize individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations that exceeded expectations and served as tourism ambassadors by going above and beyond their typical, everyday duties during the 2022 calendar year.

“Through their performance and actions, they created situations that resulted in happy, grateful, surprised and delighted visitors,” said Visit Sebring’s Casey Hartt.  “They are also people who make the operation of our tourism-related businesses better, faster, friendlier, and more efficient, so that visiting our area is much more pleasing for our tourists.”

Online nominations were submitted to recognize performance taking place in 2022.  Judging took place earlier this year by an independent panel of judges from outside the Sebring area. The 2023 winners in each category are as follows:


Hotel Service Champion – Kacey Mee, Residence Inn & Tru by Hilton Sebring

Attraction Service Champion – Kelly Dressel, Children’s Museum of the Highlands

Restaurant Service Champions – Vernon & Teresa Hinote, Cowpoke’s Watering Hole

Sports Champion – Cherie Bortnick, Spartan Race

Rising Star Champion – Dori Nicole Matthews, Sugar Sand Distillery

Innovation Champion – Susan Roberts, The Red Easel

Volunteer Champion Debbie Prescott, Children’s Museum of the Highlands

Humanitarian Champion – Colleen Paul-Hus, Culina at the PARC


For more information about the Winner’s Circle Tourism Awards Program, go to: