ROSE Award nominees are eligible if they are non-managerial employees in the hotel, restaurant, retail, tourism or hospitality-related fields, including the public sector.

Employees should have direct contact with, or provide support to, visitors and customers, and distinguish themselves by promoting Louisville and surrounding areas through exemplary service and customer satisfaction.

Rising Star nominees must be entry level-mid-level management role in the organization but not yet a senior level within the organization.


  • Nominations may be submitted by management personnel or a member of the public. The ROSE award candidate nominated must be employed in a non-managerial position and hold no ownership in the organization. No past winners are eligible; however, past nominees are eligible.
  • The nomination testimonial must contain specific examples of why this hospitality employee is outstanding in their job performance. The candidate must project a positive image of their company and of Louisville as a destination. A limit of two (2) individuals from an organization can be submitted for consideration but not in the same category.
  • All nominations must be received by Friday, August 23 at midnight.


Selections are made by the Louisville Tourism Nomination Committee, who evaluate the number of votes the candidate received from the public as well as the nomination submitted on their behalf. For more information, contact Louisville Tourism at 502-560-0015.

Finalists will be recognized at the 29th Annual Luncheon and ROSE Awards on Friday, November 1, 2019. All finalists will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Gala. Family, friends, and co-workers are invited to purchase additional tickets or corporate tables to attend the event and support their finalist.