On Nov. 13, the best and the brightest in the hospitality industry in Louisville will gather at the Marriott Hotel downtown for the Rose Awards, hosted by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Solomon Khup, as a nominee in the “Behind The Scenes” category, is critical to the success of the events hosted at the Iroquois Amphitheater, which include concerts, free movie nights and other events, including the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. Here’s what Michael Hallett, production manager at the Amphitheater, said about Khup’s value to the team at the Amphitheater in his nomination essay:
“Mr. Solomon Khup is in his 6th year at Metro Parks and Recreation. He takes care of the back of house functions here at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The size and scope of Solomon’s daily duties are vast. Solomon is involved in custodial, maintenance, janitorial and is usually the first point of contact with our clients when they arrive for set-up. Our clients are varied from Music celebrities to our immediate neighbors coming to watch a free Monday night movie. His serene nature and friendly disposition amazes everyone.
Mr. Khup takes total ownership for the condition of our facility. We strive for a level of quality and cleanliness not often found in outdoor music venues. We are open to the elements and all the park animals which have made for some wild days. I remember when we removed a large black snake from the seating area right before we opened. But more seriously, Solomon encounters all the unpleasant aspects of what large concert venue’s deal with when you have crowds of hundreds who are consuming alcohol. He has never hesitated to correct any cleaning issue that has occurred.
Solomon is at best an example of the human spirit. His personal journey alone is a success story most would be proud of. Solomon is from Myanmar/Burma. He came here alone and made Louisville his new home. His citizenship is a source of pride to him. He has overcome language and cultural barriers to become a successful employee. Still a young man, he wants to retire here expanding his role and responsibilities. The Amphitheater and the citizens of Louisville could not be better served.”