May 23, 2014
Samantha Palmer, Flagler College’s Manager of Retail Operations, has been named the 2014 St. Johns County Tourism Employee of the Year by the Visitors and Convention Bureau in St. Augustine.
Palmer, who won the award in the attractions category, was one of 22 finalists selected from more than 12,500 people employed in the local tourism industry.
“It was a complete surprise. I didn't even know I was nominated or a finalist until this morning,” said Palmer on the day she received the award. “I'm still a little shocked and humbled to have won among all the other amazing people nominated from the area.”
Palmer, who manages the college’s Flagler’s Legacy shop on St. George St., also oversees the Legacy Tours of the historic Hotel Ponce de Leon. The centerpiece of Flagler College, the former Hotel Ponce de Leon was built in 1888 by Henry Flagler and is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
To learn more about Flagler's Legacy, visit http://legacy.flagler.edu/.
Samantha Palmer, center, with members of Flagler College's College Relations department