David Hammond keeps the Hampton Inn running smoothly, inside and out.

He is the chief engineer for the 105-room hotel. While his primary mission is keeping HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems running at peak efficiency, he was spotted recently by Suzanne Abbott picking up trash outside the building.


For his work, over and beyond the call of duty, Abbott nominated Hammond to be the first recipient of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce Image Committee’s Wall of Fame.


Hammond explains: “The litter gets so bad, there are times when I jump in to help. It’s a constant battle.”


Keeping the property clean is critical to the hotel’s success, he said. Hammond does not want customers’ first impression to be trash along the curbs and parking lots.


“Image is important,” he said.


With a sanitation rate of 99, the Hampton Inn has a near 100 percent occupancy rate this spring and summer. Hammond is one of the reasons for that success.


“Keeping up this property is hard work, but we have a dedicated staff,” he said.