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CRDA: Tom Gilbert To Receive Spirit of Hospitality Award

CRDA: Tom Gilbert To Receive Spirit of Hospitality Award


Karen Martin

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) today announced that Atlantic City Tourism District Commander Thomas R. Gilbert will receive the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award during this year’s Atlantic City Host Awards on May 3.

Presented each year, the Spirit of Hospitality Award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual who has made a long-lasting and significant contribution to the Atlantic City region’s hospitality and tourism industry.  The award embodies the recipient’s spirit and dedication to serving the millions of visitors who come to Atlantic City.

Since September 2011, Gilbert has served as District Commander of the Atlantic City Tourism District, a position designated by the Governor, Attorney General and New Jersey State Police Superintendent. In this role, Commander Gilbert has played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of a multi-layered, cohesive “Clean and Safe” public safety strategy for Atlantic City, designed to improve the quality of life for residents, workers and visitors. In addition, he has partnered with public and private stakeholders at the
local, county, state and federal levels, resulting in coordinated efforts to stabilize and improve Atlantic City’s neighborhoods and public spaces. These initiatives have helped to build public confidence, strengthen tourism, and attract investment to the Atlantic City Tourism District.  

Prior to his appointment as District Commander, Gilbert served for 38 years with state and federal law enforcement, including 30 years in the New Jersey State Police. During his time with the State Police, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Chief of Staff, serving as second in command of the State Police for six years until his retirement in 2011. 

Commander Gilbert is a 1981 graduate of Trenton State College and earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is also a 1999 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.  

Past recipients of the Spirit of Hospitality Award include Donna Albano,
Associate Professor in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies Program at Stockton University’s School of Business (2016); Jean Muchanic, Executive Director of the Absecon Lighthouse (2015); and the Honorable Nelson Johnson, author of the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City, and current Superior Court of New Jersey judge (2011).



About the CRDA:
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com.  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.