About the project

Tampa Bay and Company awarded the Bay area’s finest hospitality personnel with the “Bern Laxer Awards of Excellence.” The awards honor individuals who distinguish themselves through their enthusiasm and exemplary service to visitors.  Named for Bern Laxer, the founder of Tampa’s legendary Bern’s Steak House, the awards were specifically designed to recognize front-line staff for their contributions to the success of the hospitality and tourism industry in Tampa Bay.