| AMERICA’S RANGER OF THE YEAR” ANNOUNCED FROM RESERVEAMERICA’S POLL OF NATION’S CAMPING ENTHUSIASTS.|
Ballston Spa, NY – June 20, 2007 – ReserveAmerica, the leader in recreation and campground reservation services, today announced “America’s Ranger of the Year”, as well as 5 additional silver medal winners from across the country. The annual Awards are bestowed to the country’s top rangers who dedicate their careers to serving park visitors while preserving the country’s public lands for future generations. Following the tally of votes submitted to ReserveAmerica by camping enthusiasts from all across the country, Reserve America presented its Gold Medal Ranger of the Year award to Scott Cramolini of Emma Woods State Beach, California. Silver Medal Ranger of the Year awards were presented to Albert Goodin of Levi Jackson State Park, Kentucky; Betsy Cormier of Otter River State Forest, Massachusetts; Bob Montgomery of the Black Mesa Ranger District, Apache -Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona; Frank Roberts of Garner State Park, Texas and Ted Smith of Forked Lake Campground, New York.
“ReserveAmerica is proud to honor these six outstanding Rangers through our ‘America’s Ranger of the Year’ award,” said Brendan Ross, President of ReserveAmerica. “The park professionals that manage America’s campgrounds help ensure that our millions of customers enjoy safe, fun and memorable camping trips. The memories we all cherish about family camping outings, such as staring up at the stars, roasting marshmallows over the campfire and listening to the wildlife at night, were all made possible under the supervision and management of the American park ranger.”
Following is information about the six award recipients. For additional information and to read heartwarming testimonials about their dedication and professionalism, visit www.ReserveAmerica.com
Gold Medal Ranger of the Year, Scott Cramolini, Park Ranger at Emma Woods State Beach, California, began his career with CA State Parks 32 years ago on June 5, 1975, as a Seasonal Visitor Services Park Aid within the Ventura Sector of the Channel Coast District. In 1982, he completed his B.A. Degree at California State University-Chico, in Parks and Recreation Administration and received his California POST Law Enforcement Training from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center. He has been a California State Park Ranger/Peace Officer for 25 years, since March 1982. He has been a dedicated ranger who has always provided excellent customer service his entire career. He strives to be positive and helpful for the campers needs at all times.
Albert Goodin, Ranger for Levi Jackson State Park, Kentucky, will have 34 years of service as a state park ranger as of June 15, 2007 – currently the longest serving ranger with KY State Parks. He was in the Army for three years prior to joining the rangers. He has worked at Levi Jackson State Park at London, Ky., for the last four years. Before that, he worked at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, Ky. Remarked Mr. Goodin, “I love working with the public. I like to talk with and help people…I just like my job.” Goodin was honored as a district ranger of the year by the Kentucky State Parks for 2005 for outstanding customer service, communication, teamwork, and dependability.
Betsy Cormier, Park Interpreter for Otter River State Forest, Massachusetts, marks 2007 as her 10th year at Otter River State Forest and Lake Dennison State Recreation Area. During the winter months, Betsy works at Leicester Memorial School teaching natural history after school programs to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade children. Betsy’s Interpretive Programs are outstanding. Customers enjoy her Smokey Bear Birthday party, as well as her Birds of Prey program. Along with her programs, Betsy has created one of the best Interpretive Buildings in the state.
Bob Montgomery, Park Ranger of the Black Mesa Ranger District, Apache -Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona has presented interpretative programs, encouraged and enlightened the public on good stewardship of the National Forest’s for many years. He now recognizes second and third generation children of the kids he spoke with years ago. Ranger Bob also has helped find children that wandered away from camp, returned lost dogs, removed rattle snakes from campsites and answered endless questions. Ranger Bob keeps his finger on the pulse of the Rim Lakes area and can tell some wild stories. In 2005 the Black Mesa Ranger District nominated Ranger Bob for a Chief's award to recognize his years of service and outstanding dedication to the Forest Service. Ranger Bob received the award the summer of 2005 and is on his 37th season.
Frank Roberts, Park Ranger for Garner State Park, Texas has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 18 years, with more than 15 consecutive years at Garner State Park. He is the park’s Interpretive Specialist, and as such he does regular interpretive tours of Garner State Park, which is traditionally one of the most visited state parks in Texas. He also does a geological interpretive tour of Garner State Park, as well as tours up into the park’s famous hill country along the old Civilian Conservation Corp trail, and talks about the significance of the CCC’s construction influence on the development of Garner as a park.
Ted Smith, Park Ranger for Forked Lake Campground, New York, started working for the DEC in 1998 at Forked Lake Campground. From the very beginning Ted was a great employee, always getting excellent evaluations. In 2002 he became the caretaker at Forked Lake, and in his first season received an award for “The Best Campground”. Working at Forked Lake became a labor of love for Ted. His hard work and dedication to the park became well known throughout the DEC. In 2003 he won another award for “The Best Camping Experience” and he was acknowledged in 2004 with a certificate of excellence and recognition for providing “The Best Camping Experience”. In 2006, Forked Lake was selected as one of America’s Top 100 Campgrounds. Anyone who has camped at Forked Lake was greeted by Ted with a smile and a willingness to make their camping experience something to remember.
ReserveAmerica will begin accepting nominations for the 2008 “America’s Ranger of the Year” awards on July 4th weekend through Labor Day. Camping enthusiasts may submit their vote for “America’s Ranger of the Year” while planning their family camping trips online at ReserveAmerica.com. The Awards are presented to rangers who receive the greatest number of votes submitted by park visitors in combination with display of positive performance as witnessed through testimonials from the general public. Visit www.ReserveAmerica.com to learn more about America’s top rangers.
ReserveAmerica is North America's leading camping reservation and campground management solutions provider. ReserveAmerica specializes in complete reservations solutions, stand-alone call center/database management tools, online reservations solutions and park software solutions. The Company manages the largest reservable campsite inventory with partnerships throughout North America. ReserveAmerica is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).
NOTE TO MEDIA: Electronic images of each ranger and the Ranger of the Year logo are available upon request.
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