2023 Isaac Hunter Award


The Isaac Hunter Excellence in Service Award program recognizes front-line employees in the hospitality industry who exceed normal expectations and requirements to provide excellent service to Wake County visitors and residents. These individuals represent their employers as ambassadors of outstanding service in Raleigh and Wake County. 


The award is named for Isaac Hunter (1745-1823), who in 1769 opened a tavern near Crabtree Creek that became a popular stopping place for locals and visitors alike. In fact, Hunter's Tavern became so popular, the North Carolina General Assembly Capital Site Selection Commission required that the seat of state government be located within 10 miles of the tavern. 

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau created the awards in recognition of the hospitality Hunter extended to visitors and to recognize those who continue his tradition. 

Judging criteria

Nominees are evaluated on information provided about attitude, workplace knowledge, familiarity with the community, communications skills and the ability to exceed the visitor's expectation.


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