BOTB Gala Group Shot

Grand Pacific Resorts celebrated our 25th Annual Best of the Best Gala at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa on February 28th.

Every year, we recognize our Associates who go above and beyond to exemplify our corporate BE EPIC values of Balance, Empowerment, Enthusiasm, Passion, Integrity, and Consistency. The Champions arrived from across our family of resort locations to attend the gala, including from as far away as Hawaii.

“This is my favorite night of the year. Our Associates embody our philosophy of ‘enriching lives by creating experiences worth sharing.’ Magical things happen among families while vacationing at our resorts, and our Champions are making that happen,” said Grand Pacific Resort Co-President, David Brown. 

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour followed by a dinner then culminating in an awards ceremony in which Co-President, David Brown, and Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Lobo, presented each of the Champions with an engraved trophy. It was also the first-ever gala to be livestreamed, allowing proud family members, friends, and fellow Associates to watch the festivities remotely.



Full List of BE EPIC Champions:

Montana Auerbach from Coronado Beach Resort—Guest Service Agent

Erik Aguilar from Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort—Maintenance Technician

Ana Brown from San Diego Country Estates—Front Desk Associate

Ranferi Olea from Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa—Room Attendant

Juan Cortes from Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge—Maintenance Technician

Pricilla Alalem from Makai Club Resort—Guest Services Agent

Jade Larios from Grand Pacific Vacation Services—Contact Center Supervisor

Jose Rodriguez from RiverPointe Napa Valley—Maintenance Technician

Ofelia Duarte from Channel Island Shores—Housekeeping Manager

Meaghan Short from Legacy Sales—Administration Assistant

Fernando Tagalicud from Hanalei Bay Resort—House Attendant

Maria Luis Reyes from San Clemente Cove—Room Attendant

Cindy Hitson from Vista Mirage Resort—Security Officer

Nicole Sessions from Southern California Beach Club—Guest Services Agent

Tiki Venegas from Red Wolf Lodge at Olympic Valley—Maintenance Technician

Estela Avalos from Indian Palms Vacation Club—Laundry Attendant

Robert Guzman from Casitas Del Monte—Maintenance Technician

Noemid Flores from Carlsbad Seapointe Resort—Room Attendant

Timothy Fowler from Wave Crest Resort—Front Office Supervisor

Guadalupe Aguilar from Capistrano Surfside Inn—Room Attendant

Marjorie Toscano from San Clemente Inn—Housekeeping Supervisor

Divina Willey from Grand Pacific Palisades Resort—Housekeeping Supervisor

Spencer Malone from Olympic Village Inn—Front Office Manager

Maydelin Mendez Sandoval from Tahoe Sands Resort—Room Attendant

Marc Russo from Villa L’ Auberge—Manager of the Year Small Resort

Randy Chapin from Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort—Manager of the Year Large Resort

Hanalei Bay Resort—Resort of the Year