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2011 Pauly Awards Presented

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2011 Pauly Award Winners - front row: Chris Moore, Paul Hohe, Meagan Bain, Brenda Herron, Jim Vlna, Jay Stafford; back row: Michael Parisi, Todd Gilday, Charles Fraizer, J.K. Harrill

KNOXVILLE -- For their outstanding achievements and commitment to the tourism industry the Knoxville Tourism Alliance (KTA) presented the 2011 Pauly Awards to businesses and individuals at their annual luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Winners were:
Lodging General Manager of the Year: Michael Parisi, general manager, Holiday Inn World's Fair Park
Restaurant General Manager of the Year: Paul Hohe, general manager, Ruth's Chris Steak House
Museum/Attraction of the Year: Knoxville Zoo, Jim Vlna, executive director
Service/Supplier of the Year: Print Distribution, Jay Stafford, owner
Lodging Employee of the Year: Meagan Bain, front desk manager, Courtyard by Marriott Alcoa
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Brenda Herron, assistant operation manager, Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants
Service/Supplier Employee of the Year: Todd Gilday, hospitality territory manager, Ecolab
Community Service: Chris Moore, executive chef, Knoxville Convention Center
Volunteer of the Year: J.K. Harrill, volunteer for Team Knoxville
Friendliest Face: Charles Fraizer, bellman, Holiday Inn World's Fair Park

The Pauly Awards are named in honor of Paul Sherbakoff, a leader for the tourism industry in Knoxville. Eligible Pauly Award winners are submitted for the Stars of the Industry state awards sponsored by the Tennessee Hospitality Association.

Three students were awarded by KTA with scholarships for the Fall 2011 semester: Cameron Foltz, a student at The University of Tennessee and Kyndall Leach and Jesse Williams, students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

Barbara Dooley, mother of University of Tennessee's Head Football Coach Derek Dooley, was the guest speaker for the event.

The Scholarship Program is designed to recognize students who are enrolled in tourism/hospitality programs and have shown a dedicated effort of excelling in study, work and related school activities

"It is an honor to present these awards and scholarships to deserving individuals and businesses," states Jill Thompson, Executive Director of KTA. "Each winner is a shining example of the hospitality of our community."

Knoxville Tourism Alliance is a not for profit membership organization of the tourism and hospitality industry that enhances the economic, legislative and social interest of its members throughout the Greater Knoxville area.

Published May 17, 2011

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