Francis S. Guess served on the board of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, including as board chair. He served on the boards of many hospitality industry partners, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the former Convention Center Commission and the Convention Center Authority. In 2016, the Nashville hospitality industry honored Guess’s career by creating the Francis S. Guess "Connector" Award, which recognizes an individual who has worked to connect the hospitality industry to the community at large or to a particular group in order to make Nashville a more appealing, open and successful destination. The recipient of the inaugural Francis S. Guess "Connector" Award was recognized in 2017.
Kitty Moon Emery, 2017
Steve Buchanan, 2018