To honor those who shined all the more during the pandemic, Forbes Travel Guide introduced the new Hospitality Stars of the Year awards.

"It is an honor to see that Mr. Shah has been recognized for his special connection with the communities that we serve. He is the epitome of hospitality and we learn so much from him everyday. Our team shines so beautiful and brightly and we are so proud to call Akeel our SingleThread family. We are all so lucky us to share our days with him. Congratulations Akeel!" - Kyle and Katina Connaughton

"It's huge to be recognized, but also a way to improve everyone's awareness of the work needed to help everyone around us. Sonoma Family Meal and Corazon Healdsburg have been a big part of creating that framework. We need to encourage our community members to do more and more for each other everyday. I hope this effort transfers to a global level to increase involvement with communities. Everyone needs to help and any small effort helps add to a larger cause." - Akeel Shah

FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE : Celebrating Our Hospitality Stars

Additionally, SingleThread was also recognized as a Forbes Travel Guide 2021 5 Star Award winner for the second year in a row.

"We are so proud of both of these accomplishments and recogitions from Forbes Travel Guide. It speaks volumes to what our Team is able to do under such extraordinary circumstances. The fact that we were able to rise to the challenge to support our community while we ourselves struggled is a testament to our committment to service. While awards and accolades are not why we do what we do, this special recognition is just that; a recognition of the integrity, thoughtfulness, and leadership of everyone on this team." -Kyle and Katina Connaughton