Tourism Council to Honor Outstanding Members

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2009 Kay Wolf/Rob Early Award & Barbara Sheppard Award to be presented

Corpus Christi
Please join us on December 16 as we honor our industry’s best of the best and recognize their efforts to bring visitors to this area of South Texas.

The Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council , at a Holiday Awards Banquet, will honor two of its members who have demonstrated exceptional commitments in the tourism industry during 2009 in his/her community and in support of the Tourism Council.

This Holiday Awards Banquet will be held at the Omni Bayfront Hotel on December 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The highlight of the banquet will be the presentation of the Kay Wolf/Rob Early Award and the Barbara Sheppard Award.

Keynote speakers will include Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame and Keith Arnold, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by December 11. For reservations, contact Susan Oliver at 361-886-3560.

Kay Wolf and Rob Early were two people instrumental in founding the Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council in 1988. Kay was President and CEO of the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce for 23 years and is currently the Assistant City Manager and Planner for the City of

Hidalgo. Before he passed away in 1997, Rob Early was CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau and later CEO of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

This award was established in 1995 for professionals (CVB, Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center paid staff members). Claire Barnhart, 2008 award recipient representing the Goliad County Chamber of Commerce, will present the 2009 award.

Barbara Sheppard was a larger-than-life icon in the Coastal Bend tourism industry remembered today for her passion for the environment, as well as the people of South Texas. Before she passed away in 2003, she and her husband were the owners of Fisherman’s Wharf, a Port Aransas deep-sea fishing and excursion boat service.

Barbara was also an ex-officio member of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and was well known and respected throughout the state with friends in the Texas Legislature, as well as the Texas Travel Industry Association. This award was established in 1996 for a business member or volunteer (non-paid). Rachael Griffith, 2008 award recipient and Director of Sales of the Texas State Aquarium, will present the 2009 award.

The Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council has 59 members representing 18 counties in the Coastal Bend area. The mission of the Tourism Council is to promote tourism in the South Texas Coastal Bend region.

“Please join us on December 16 as we honor our industry’s best of the best and recognize their efforts to bring visitors to this area of South Texas,” said Tourism Council President Nancy Deviney.

Contact:

Nancy Deviney, President

Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council

361 547-8033

http://www.txcoastalbend.org

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