Awards

Paul Sherlock Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism


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The Paul Sherlock Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism is the Ohio travel industry’s highest honor, recognizing one individual each year who exemplifies professional, personal and career excellence. Each year, the recipient’s career achievement and tireless efforts toward our industry are recognized during an award presentation at the Ohio Conference on Travel.

How is the Recipient Selected?

The 2017 Paul Sherlock Lifetime Achievement Award In Tourism nomination packet will be opening shortly. The Paul Sherlock Committee, representing former award winners and Ohio Travel Association board representatives, reviews nominations and presents a slate of candidates to the full Ohio Travel Association board for a final vote. All voting is done by closed ballot, and only a few directly involved in the award ceremony know the identity of the winner. 

2016 Paul Sherlock Award Recipient
Ps AwardDebbie Robinson, Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau 


Who was Paul Sherlock?

Paul Sherlock was the first to recognize Ohio’s travel potential. A native of Perry County and a former journalist, Paul Sherlock began work with the Ohio Department of Development in 1945, where he handled travel issues and served as the assistant director for travel and tourism. He was named director in 1972.

He served under Governor James Rhodes on Ohio’s first travel advisory committee, the group that became the Ohio Travel Council and evolved into the Ohio Travel Association. Paul Sherlock was a major factor in the growth of Ohio’s festivals and the creation of the Ohio Festival and Events Association. He considered his work with Ohio’s festival groups to be one of his major accomplishments. Paul was single-minded in his devotion to Ohio and its potential as a travel destination.

Although he was a quiet person who liked best to operate behind the scenes and secure the limelight for others, he was a tireless promoter of Ohio. His knowledge of Ohio’s travel resources was legendary. He was also a mentor who recognized the importance of preparing the industry’s future leaders.

Paul Sherlock Award Recipients

1975

Charles Campbell

Ohio Festival and Event Association

1976

William M. Piatt, Sr.

Piatt Castle

1977

Frank Carrell

Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau

1978

Pat Brown

Roscoe Village Foundation

1979

John A. Baltes

Sea World of Ohio

1980

Marilane Spencer

Bixler Tours

1981

Dale Finley

Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau

1982

Rachel Redinger

Trumpet in the Land

1983

 Don Patterson

  Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau

1984

 Robert S. Hart, Jr.

  Hart Productions, Inc.

1985

 Ned Harden

 Circleville Pumpkin Show

1986

 Lois E. Smith

 Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau

1987

 Corrine "Corky" Gutter

 Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau

1988

 Peter Robinson

 BB Riverboats

1989

 Betty Wasick

 Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

1990

 Sue Ellen Wilson

 Lane Hotels

1991

 Darrell Banks

 San-Dar Smorgasbord

1992

 Ted Ryan

 WHIO-TV

1993

 R.C. "Dick" Bell

 Seneca Caverns

1994

 Daniel Hostetler, III

 Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau

1995

 Walter "Timmie" Thimmes

 AAA South Central Ohio

1996

 William "Bill" Hash

 America Interstate Tours

1997

 David Warther

 Warther Carvings

1998

 Joan Van Offeren

 Lake Erie Shores and Islands

1999

 Bill Schwartz

 Hospitality Inc.

2000

 John Hildebrandt

 Cedar Point

2001

 Robert "Chip" Hart, III

 Hart Productions

2002

 Pat Cano

 Lorain County Visitors Bureau

2003

 Vicky Branson

 Ohio Historical Society

2004

 Susan Hamo

 Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau

2005

 Doniella Winchell

 Ohio Wine Producers

2006

 Diane Chesnut

 Lake Erie Firelands Tourist Council

2007

 Jonette Haberfield

 A Taste of Ohio

2008

 Kari Kauffman

 Experience Columbus

2009

 Diana Thompson

 Miami County Convention and Visitors Bureau

2010

 Amir Eylon

 Office of TourismOhio

2011

 Melinda Huntley

 Ohio State University, Ohio Sea Grant Program

2012

 Scott Dring

 Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau

2013

 Pat Crow

 Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau

2014

 Richard Nachazel

 Destination Toledo

2015

 Lee Tasseff

 Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau

2016

 Debbie Robinson

 Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau

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Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award


Who are the emerging leaders in the Ohio travel industry? The Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award honors budding tourism leaders with under 15 years of professional experience in the industry. 

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Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award winner, Sara Blatnik of Dublin CVB, was honored at the 2016 Ohio Conference on Travel.

Who is Eligible for Nomination?

The Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award is open to all individuals currently working in the Ohio travel industry who meet the eligibility criteria:
  • Under 15 years of professional experience in the travel industry and a minimum of five years in the Ohio travel industry
  • Current Ohio Travel Association member
  • Demonstrates commitment and passion for the industry
  • Completed some type of continuing education (ex: OTLA, CDME, etc.)
  • Been recognized for leadership and efforts beyond their job

How to Enter

Deserving individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague. Nominations for the 2018 Emerging Leader Award will be accepted online shortly.
  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee's organization
  • Nominee’s title (list previous applicable titles)
  • Nominator's name and contact information
  • Your professional relationship to the nominee (you may self-nominate)
  • A brief synopsis of the individual's innovative leadership
  • At least three examples of his or her achievements over the past five years
The award selection committee will narrow the field of nominees to finalists in early September. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit a brief video detailing their accomplishments and vision for the Ohio travel industry. The deadline for submitting the finalist video will be announced shortly. 

Deadlines:

Entry Deadline: Coming Soon
Finalist Selection: Coming Soon
Finalist Video Submission Deadline: Coming Soon
Award Presentation: During the 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel

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How will the entries be judged?

Entries are judged by a panel of industry veterans representing the last five past-presidents of the Ohio Travel Association and the awards chairman. Entries are judged based on how well the nominee meets the five (5) listed criteria.

Who is eligible to win the award?

Any individual with less than 15 years of professional experience in the travel industry and more than five years of experience in the Ohio travel industry is eligible to enter the Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award.

Where and when will the event be held?

The winner will receive their Emerging Leader Award at the 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel.

How do I increase the nominees chances of winning an award?

Emphasize the individual's innovative approach to advancing the Ohio travel industry as well as his or her accomplishments and goals. Provide as many specific examples of success as possible, and explain clearly and succinctly the goals the nominee has achieved.

When will nominees be notified of their entry status?

Nominees will be notified if they are a finalist in Autumn 2017. All finalists will be asked to submit a brief video detailing their experience and vision for Ohio's travel industry.

Questions? Contact:

Scott Dring
Emerging Leader Award Chair
sdring@irishisanattitude.com

OR

Ohio Travel Association
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 375
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
director@ohiotravel.org

Congratulations to the Emerging Leader Winners!

2014

Allyson Bussey, Visit Canton/Stark CVB

2015

Roger Dudley, Experience Columbus

2016

Sara Blatnik, Dublin CVB