Newport Chamber of Commerce announces March Employee of the Month

Kirstie Harnist, office manager at Martek Real Estate, was selected by the Newport Chamber of Commerce as the March Employee of the Month. Pictured are: Doretta Smith, left, Steve Lovas, Kirstie Harnist and Diana Abbott. (Courtesy photo)

The Newport Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee recently announced that the March 2019 Employee of the Month was Kirstie Harnist, office manager at Martek Real Estate.

Harnist was nominated by Doretta Smith, who wrote, “At Martek, we are lucky to have such a highly dedicated employee, and we value Kirstie greatly. She's cheerful in greeting visitors and has a friendly voice when answering the phone. More importantly, she supports all of our brokers and keeps us well organized. She is eager to learn and help out whoever needs her.”

“She has the patience of a saint. She does about four people’s jobs and keeps me grounded,” said one of the Martek brokers.

Harnist was awarded a certificate and $50 for her service. She will be one of the 12 candidates for the Employee of the Year Award, which will be announced at the chamber’s annual “Know your Newport” hospitality and sales training seminar and tradeshow in May.

Chamber officials said great customer service is essential to the coastal economy, which is why the chamber recognizes the important role of front line employees. Nomination forms can be found online at or by calling the chamber office at 541-265-8801.


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