Visit Lake Charles has announced the winners of the 2023 ROSE Awards, which recognize exceptional performance in the hospitality industry. Nine outstanding hospitality professionals were nominated by members of the public and colleagues, and winners were selected by an impartial panel of judges.


The following professionals were honored as 2023 ROSE Award recipients:


Outstanding Hotel Sales Professional Award

Rhonda Colletta, Holiday Inn Express/Best Western Plus 


Outstanding Culinary Professional Award

Chris Heath, Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino


Outstanding Casino Floor Professional Award

Edrich Desormeaux, Delta Downs Racetrack, Hotel & Casino


Outstanding Banquet/Catering Professional Award

Roger Fontenot, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles


Outstanding Food Service Professional Award

Lea Ann Leatherman, The Pioneer Club


Outstanding Bartending Professional Award

Austin Martinez, The James 710


Outstanding Housekeeping Professional Award

Stacey George, Home2 Suites by Hilton Lake Charles


Outstanding Guest Services Professional Award

Marjorie Latigue, 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center


Outstanding Valet/Bellman Professional Award

Estelino Alon, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles



“These award recipients have shown exceptional skills, leadership, and customer service in their respective roles in the hospitality industry. Their passion and dedication to the industry have made a significant impact on their guests, colleagues, and the industry as a whole," said Kyle Edmiston, president/CEO of Visit Lake Charles.  “These professionals have gone above and beyond to ensure that Southwest Louisiana's warm and welcoming spirit is felt by all. We congratulate each of them on this well-deserved award and thank them for their dedication to making our community a must-visit destination."


The ROSE Awards were presented at the ROSE Awards dinner on May 10 at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, where each winner received recognition. This ceremony honors local hospitality professionals during National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual tradition celebrated by the U.S. Travel Association which is held during the first full week of May. In 2022, Visit Lake Charles launched the ROSE Awards initiative to recognize front-line hospitality services that leave a lasting impression on the destination and guest experience. To see the ROSE Award videos honoring each recipient and reasons why they perform excellent work for the hospitality industry, go to


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