Hospitality Industry to Honor Governor Phil Bredesen with Second Annual E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award
Annual luncheon will celebrate industry successes, recognize extraordinary service
NASHVILLE – Nashville’s hospitality industry will honor Governor Phil Bredesen as the second recipient of the E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award at the fourth annual National Travel & Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Luncheon on May 4. The award, named after the former president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, recognizes an individual not directly affiliated with the hospitality industry who has contributed above and beyond to the overall success of tourism and convention business in Nashville.
“One of our strongest assets is having leaders from all types of business be champions for hospitality,” said Ken Levitan, chair of the NCVC board of directors and president of Vector Management. “Particularly during his time as Mayor, Phil Bredesen believed in the city’s potential to grow without eroding our authenticity. His contributions to our music and entertainment offerings have been critical in putting Nashville on the map.”
Governor Bredesen is credited with recruiting the NFL Tennessee Titans and NHL Nashville Predators to Music City as well as building Bridgestone Arena and LP Field.
In addition, the industry will recognize the monthly Music City Hitmaker winners and will present the Annual Hitmaker award. The Music City Hitmakers program honors those individuals who go above and beyond in providing extraordinary service to ensure an authentic Music City experience. The program encourages Nashville visitors to nominate individuals who provide the truest southern hospitality during their stay.
“As we celebrate this year’s successes, we must remember to keep the momentum going in Nashville’s hospitality industry,” said Pam Wright, chair of Music City Hitmakers and CEO of Wright Travel “Fortunately, we have help from outstanding people like our monthly Hitmakers. They truly understand what it means to deliver top-notch service to our guests and the impact it can have on their stay and their decision to return to Nashville. We thank them for their service and dedication to the industry.”
2014-15 Monthly Winners include:
April 2014 – Eric Jones, Renaissance Nashville Hotel
May 2014 – Artesia Lee, DoubleTree Nashville Downtown
June 2014 – Alan Whitt, GrayLine
July 2014 – Marcy Greenway, General Jackson Showboat
August 2014 – Anita Fulgiam, Hampton Inn & Suites Opryland
September 2014 – Zachary LaChappelle, Renaissance Nashville Hotel
October 2014 – Brandon Curry, Hutton Hotel
November 2014 – Hazel Honicker, Macy’s at The Mall at Green Hills
December 2015 – Ron Harman, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
January 2015 – Amanda Jones, Shoney’s Restaurant
February 2015 – Josh Tice, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport and Ben Shelton and Antwain Shaw, Superior Shoe Shine at Nashville International Airport
March 2015 – Darren Petty, Renaissance Nashville Hotel
The Music City Hitmakers program is supported by Wright Travel, Regions Bank and the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association. To learn more, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/hitmakers.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com, tune in to our internet radio station at www.highway65radio.com, and follow us on social media: