Welcome, recognitions and highlights of 2021-2022
Mark Zimmerman
Corporate Director of Hotel Operations, TBC Hotels
2022-2023 Chair, Board of Directors
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Presentation of the Isaac Hunter Excellence in Service Award
presented to Catalina Lopez
Executive Housekeeper
Courtyard by Marriott Raleigh Cary Crossroads

Presentation of The Horizon Award
presented to Milton Hamilton, CHA
General Manager
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Raleigh-University Area

Presentation of John B. Ross Jr. Leadership Award*
presented to Cheetie Kumar

Presentation of Thad Eure Jr. Memorial Award*
presented to Adam Roy, Dreamville
on behalf of J. Cole

Looking ahead in 2022-2023
Dennis Edwards 
President and CEO, Greater Raleigh CVB

Featured presentation
Adam Sacks
President, Tourism Economics

Closing remarks
Dennis Edwards

*The award art was created by Michelle Davis Petelinz of in Raleigh.


Featured Speaker

Adam Sacks is president of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company dedicated to analytically-based consulting to the tourism sector.

For more than two decades, Adam has worked with destinations, industry associations and companies around the world in the areas of opportunity and risk assessments, policy analysis and economic impact.

Adam’s work has provided the foundation for billions of dollars in capital investment decisions by hotel companies, developers and investors. Destination marketing organizations around the world rely on Tourism Economics data and scenario models to inform global marketing investment allocations.

Adam also supports trade associations in the aviation, hotel and broader travel arena with forecasts widely considered to be an industry standard. And by examining the economic merits of travel facilitation, taxation and tourism promotion initiatives, Adam’s work has influenced critical government policies. He is an authority on measuring the economic impact of visitor activity and has analyzed the impacts of cruising, gaming, timeshare, hotels, new attractions and destination marketing.

Adam regularly presents to corporate strategic planning teams on the threats and opportunities facing their businesses and is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.

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On-screen photo credits:
Brian Bruner
Keenan Hairston
David Kuhn
Rob Laughter
Brian Magee
Glenn Parson
Garrett Poulos
Michael Robson
Brian Strickland
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