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INVERCARGILL Licensing Trust (ILT) general manager Greg Mulvey has been inducted into the Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the hospitality industry and local community.

During the past 30 years, and under his leadership, the organisation had grown to be one of the most successful licensing trusts in the country. Last year, the ILT and ILT Foundation injected a combined $8.75 million in grants into its local community.

Mr Mulvey said he was delighted and humbled by the Hall of Fame recognition.

“It’s been a privilege to hold this position and serve both the Invercargill Licensing Trust and the Invercargill community,” he said.

“It has been a career highlight to see the trust go from strength to strength and ultimately benefit our city. We’ve come a long way over the years but it’s been very much a team effort, of which I am just a member. I’ve worked alongside some incredibly talented and dedicated people.”

During his time at the helm Invercargill had established several major community assets, including the ILT Stadium Southland and adjacent SIT Velodrome, empowering the city to attract an array of national and international events such last year’s World Shearing Championships.

Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Vicki Lee paid tribute to Mr Mulvey’s leadership.

“Greg’s retirement at the end of this year, after 40 years of working at the trust, will leave a huge gap. Invercargill owes a lot to the trust but also to its devoted leader for the last 30 years. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Rising Stars Award

Emberz at Ascot restaurant supervisor Nicole Kay also received a Rising Stars Award.

Ms Lee said judges of the inaugural Rising Stars Awards admired Kay’s determination to be involved in the industry long-term.

“They loved her dedication to learn – including going home at night to research menu items she was unsure about, and quizzing the chef on them the next day before passing on her new-found knowledge on to the guests,” she said.

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