THANK YOU for the E-AWARD nominations!

THANK YOU for the E-AWARD nominations!

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau held the 14th Annual Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards (E-Awards) Ceremony today and  I had the pleasure of attending as a nominee in the attractions category. Nominees are recognized for their extraordinary customer service professionalism.  Over 600 people were nominated in 7 different categories – Accommodations, Attractions, Best Tourism Boss, Good Samaritan, Other Services/Businesses, Restaurant and Transportation, They choose 3 Honorable Mentions in each category and 1 winner.  I was absolutely thrilled when the Attractions Category came up and I was announced as the winner! THANK YOU to all who wrote nomination letters.  I sincerely appreciate all of you and feel privileged to show you what I love about Southwest Florida.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Penny Redd
    Posted at 00:02h, 10 September

    Congratulations! What a huge honor! We are so happy for you! Nobody deserves it more! you're an awesome capt!

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 00:02h, 10 September

    A very sincere congratulations on a well deserved award! The award is a great way for you to be recognized for all of the work that you do as a true ambassador of the Sanibel-Captiva-NorthCap-CayoCosta area. Congratulations.

  • Mark
    Posted at 00:09h, 10 September

    Congratulations! Well deserved.

  • Cindy Senkar
    Posted at 01:20h, 10 September

    Way to go Captain Brian! Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your big day. We will celebrate with lunch at Tarpon Lodge on our next visit.

    From Three Sisters in Cleveland

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 01:20h, 10 September

    I'm so happy you won Brian – and we get to see you wearing a tie!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 September

    I was sooo excited to see your picture on the big screen at the E Awards ceremony this morning! Wish I could have been there cheering for you! A very well-deserved honor for a man with an infectious passion for his job. It was our good fortune to book a shelling trip where you were the captain all of those years ago!! Nice tie, too 🙂 Congratulations, Brian!!!!

  • kathy
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 September

    You are going to have to set up an area for all the awards & honors that you receive. We are very happy for you!

  • Margaret Chirico
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 September

    Congratulations! Our trips with you have always been AWESOME.

  • Susan
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 September

    Congratulations Brian on a very well-deserved honor that reflects your professionalism, knowledge of the area, and focus on providing a superior customer experience. We all come away feeling that we've become friends who share your love of the area and can't wait for each opportunity to visit.

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  • Nick Hahn
    Posted at 21:48h, 10 September

    Brian, WOW!! Not only did you win, but you clean up pretty good! didn't know you owned a tie! Congratulations, Diane and I want to see the trophy in October.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:44h, 10 September

    Thank you for the all of the congratulations!

  • Anne Scheidecker
    Posted at 02:30h, 11 September

    What a wonderful honor for a truly wonderful Captain!! My 3 cousins + I had the perfect day with you as our guide. I tel everyone who will listen about your blog, your photo skills and your wealth of knowledge.
    Best wishes from the lady who made a Shell Wall in her bathroom.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:36h, 11 September

    Anne, Thank you. Your shell wall certainly rules in my world and I know many others as well.

  • Morgan
    Posted at 18:10h, 11 September

    CONGRATULATIONS! You are so deserving of this award. You are SO knowledgeable and informative, and we always enjoy our time with you.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 21:48h, 12 September

    That is fabulous and extremely well deserved! I often tell others that when they go to San-Cap they must book a trip with you. Your enthusiasm for the beauty and magnificence of nature is contagious. My gang can't wait to see you again in a couple weeks. Congratulations!!

  • LaLa
    Posted at 14:14h, 18 September

    Well deserved!
    And love that tie!!

  • Moira
    Posted at 21:51h, 21 October

    Congratulations, Brian! This award is well deserved. You have worked hard and provide a great service to all you encounter.
    So happy to have been on so many expeditions with you!!