Nic Faitos of Starbright Floral Design in New York City has been chosen as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement recipient at the next Hotel Excellence Awards. The honor is awarded to an individual or association that demonstrates “exceptional achievement in his or her field, in addition to superior contributions to New York City’s hospitality industry.” Prior recipients include Fred Cerullo, Ray Kelly, Whoopi Goldberg and Jonathan Tisch, among others.
Faitos is a year-round benefactor of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International), New York City Chapter, as well as a major sponsor of every gala and main event for NYC & Company since 1994. Faitos also partners with the Make-a-Wish Foundation NYC, NYAHC (New York City Association of Hotel Concierges), and has supported New York City hotel employee recognition weeks since 1995.
“I am extremely humbled to be chosen as this year’s recipient,” Faitos said. “When the history books write the Starbright story, I hope to be recognized for always doing my best, giving everyone I meet a smile and leading our industry with innovation, creativity, quality and service.”
Faitos, a longtime member of the Society of American Florists, also has played an active role in many of the association’s public relations initiatives, including Petal It Forward. This month, he’s working with Teleflora to decorate the set of “Good Morning America” throughout the Christmas season.