Craig woman wins hospitality award |

Craig woman wins hospitality award

Martinez honored for dedication to job, willingness to help others

— Eufemia “Pema” Martinez and her husband Crispin are going to take a little trip to Miami Beach in the near future.

Pema won the trip Monday night at the Steamboat Grand, when she was named Steamboat Springs hospitality person of the year.

Pema has been a housekeeper at Colorado Resort Services for eight years and commutes to Steamboat every day from her home in Craig.

Her co-workers says she is a great example for everyone around her.

“I can’t explain how I feel,” Martinez said right after receiving her award. “I didn’t expect this. I just do my work the best that I can. That’s all.”

Pema’s supervisor, Cynthia Martinez, said when Pema and Crispin brought their family to Northwest Colorado, they were determined to become citizens and a part of their community. They also vowed to send their daughters to college.

Now, they own their home and both girls are maintaining 3.4 grade point averages at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

“The first three years Pema worked for me she never missed a day of work,” Cynthia Martinez said. “Once, she had a bad wreck on her way to work and only missed four days.

“Her rooms are always spotless and she does everything with a good attitude.”

In addition to faithfully carrying out her duties, Pema is a tireless recruiter for CRS, seeking out new employees, and when necessary, translating between Spanish and English for her coworkers.

Pema Martinez wasn’t the only winner Monday night. Steamboat’s best resort workers in restaurants, retail, transportation and ski areas, among others, received loud cheers from the crowd that packed the ballroom.

Winners included critical care nurse Kady Watson of Yampa Valley Medical Center, who saved the day when a groom-to-be became ill the night before his wedding.

She made sure his tuxedo fit over his IV, and decorated his hospital room like a honeymoon suite, so the ceremony could go on.

Then there was Joe Finn of Steamboat Premier Properties. He drove home and fetched his own air bed for an uncomfortable guest.

Finn’s colleague Trudy Enochs received kudos for the TLC she gave to a family that had been coming back to Bronze Tree condominiums for 12 years.

The family had lost a daughter who was a flight attendant on one of the jets that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

They kept their annual date in Steamboat anyway, and Enochs showed them Steamboat’s appreciation.

Emcee Brian Harvey started the evening with a hearty laugh when he apologized for having to fill in for Robin Williams.

The famous comedian and actor was all set to host the Steamboat awards, Harvey said, but his agreement with the chamber was only a “letter of intent” and Vail managed to steal him away for its own hospitality ball.

Harvey’s jest was an obvious reference to the deal that recently fell through for the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Concerns about ski area ownership were forgotten Monday night as Steamboat’s unsung resort heroes received the recognition they deserve.

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