Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North AmericaTM has recognized Bill and Nancy Moncrief as its 2011 Innkeepers Of The Year. The accolade was announced during the organization’s annual conference held last month in Charleston, S.C. Select Registry represents 400 premier inns, B&Bs and small boutique hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its Innkeeper Of The Year Award is given annually to members who have made a significant, long-term contribution to the organization as well as to their community, the industry and charitable organizations. Select Registry members submit written nominations. A panel of professionals, outside Select Registry, reviews the nominations and determines the top candidate based on a point system. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Will Carlson, Executive Director, Select Registry. “For the past decade, Bill and Nancy have been strong leaders, going above and beyond on behalf of our organization. They are also recognized in their hometown for their dedication to philanthropic causes and community enrichment."
The Moncriefs are the innkeepers/owners of the Candlelight Inn. This Victorian B&B is located in North Wildwood, within walking distance of the beach on New Jersey’s scenic southern shore. Bill also serves as Select Registry’s current president. In this position, he played a key role in growing the B&Bs for Vets program, a national initiative in which participating innkeepers offer military families complimentary accommodations on Veterans Day and other occasions. Bill recently oversaw the redesign and publication of the popular Select Registry guidebook. With 275,000 copies published annually, the guidebook is one of the largest publications of its kind in the travel industry. Over the years, he also has served as a vice president and member of the Select Registry Board of Directors.
A long-time community leader, Bill has been an officer and member of the Board of Directors of area business organizations, including the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wildwood Hotel/Motel Association and the Cape May, N.J., County Chamber of Commerce. Nancy is a two-term past president of Preferred Inns of New Jersey, and she served on the Board of Directors of this statewide association for nearly a decade. “I am so proud to accept this award from Select Registry,” Bill said. “This organization has been very good to Nancy and me, and we like to give back. For those of us who love the innkeeping business, service is not just a motto. It’s the culture we live every day – service to our guests, to our community and to our industry is what leads us to success and fulfillment in business and in life.” Lifetime of Service Leadership and service are the hallmarks of the Moncriefs’ careers.
Prior to becoming an innkeeper, Bill had a distinguished, 20-year career with the U.S. Navy. He served first as a pilot. Later, with a Master of Science Degree in Computer Systems Management, he taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and also headed up technology systems at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. In his post-naval career, Bill held senior technology management positions in the nation’s capital. He worked closely with the late Chief Justice Warren Burger during the Justice’s tenure as head of the Bicentennial Commission for the U.S. Constitution. Bill was a founding member and officer of the Federal Government’s Information Management Committee of the Small Agency Council. Later, he held technology management positions with the Georgetown University School of Business. Before purchasing the Candlelight Inn with Bill, Nancy was assistant dean for MBA Admissions and Student Service at Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School. She has a Masters degree in counseling from Hofstra University, Long Island, N.Y., and an MBA from Pace University, New York City.