Silver Sands Factory Stores is one of the area’s largest employers with over 3,000 associates working at premier designer stores in the Center. Each month, Silver Sands receives nominations from managers recognizing outstanding employees who go above and beyond every day to provide their customers with the best shopping experience.

“The employees at Silver Sands are our greatest asset. Their continuous hard work and dedication to the Center has been critical to its huge success over the past 18 years,” says Myra Williams, VP of Marketing for Howard Group. “Each month, we are pleased to show our appreciation of a different employee by recognizing and rewarding his or her accomplishments while working at Silver Sands.”

July’s Employee of the Month is Leslie Peterson of Stride Rite. Leslie, who has been employed at Stride Rite for the past nine months, is also the assistant manager and a full-time college student. With her outstanding customer service skills and strong work ethic it is no wonder why she was chosen for July’s Employee of the Month. “Leslie is highly reliable and dependable,” said Rick Hartman Stride Rite Store Manager. “If needed, she will change her work schedule to accommodate other associates.” Leslie helped Stride Rite’s district manager put together their “Building Trust” seminar and helped her store win their district units per transaction increase contest. Silver Sands Employee of the Month winners receive a $25 gift card to Silver Sands and a $25 gift certificate to Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

About Silver Sands Factory Stores
Silver Sands Factory Stores, a Howard Group Development, is the nation’s largest designer outlet center located near Destin, FL in the heart of Northwest Florida Beaches, named one of Frommer’s top 2010 international destinations. The Center currently features more than 100 designer factory stores with 465,200 square feet of retail space, and ultimately 700,000 planned. Silver Sands is visited by over seven million shoppers each year who shop for designer merchandise at up to 75 percent off retail prices. Silver Sands is located on Emerald Coast Parkway, one mile west of Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort. For more information, call the Shopper Services at (850) 654-9771 ext 1 or visit online at Fan Silver Sands on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (