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The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announced its 2017 Tourism Award Winners at its annual meeting held at the Hawthorne Hotel on Wednesday, November 8. Congratulations to all the winners!



2017 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award 

Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken

City of Gloucester

This leadership award was renamed in 2012 in honor of our colleague and friend Anne Turcotte. The award is given to an individual or organization whose innovation, expertise and energy serves as an inspiration for others in the tourism industry.


2017 Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award

Jeanne Hennessey

Beauport Hospitality Group

The Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the tourism industry of the North of Boston region and honors the NBCVB member who best exemplifies the region’s hospitality.


 2017 Story Teller Award

Robin Donovan

The Trustees of Reservations, Castle Hill at The Crane Estate

The Story Teller Award honors the region’s best storytellers-the individuals, who share not only their company’s story, but all the rich history and culture of the region in everything they do in celebration of the North of Boston’s regional theme: “A Story in Every Mile”.


2017 Small Business Award

Hope Hitchcock

Witch Pix of Salem

The Small Business Award is given to a small business owner who recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and is committed to servicing the visitors of Essex County.


2017 Frontline Hospitality Award

Kathryn Rutkowski

Essex National Heritage Commission

The Frontline Hospitality Award, given for the first time in 2012, has been designed to honor a member of the region’s frontline service ambassadors. The friendliness, knowledge and customer service of these individuals set the tone for a visitors’ stay within the region. This individual regularly goes beyond to provide excellent customer service and encourage guests
to explore the region while visiting.


2017 New Member Award

Willow Spring Vineyards

The New Member Award is given to a new member of the North of Boston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau that recognizes the importance of tourism within the region and has made great strides within their first years of membership to support tourism.


2017 Award of Appreciation

Paul Tucker

Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Award of Appreciation is given out to those individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote tourism in Essex County.


Congratulations to the 2017 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce

Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

Discover Gloucester

Essex National Heritage Commission

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Salem Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs: Destination Salem

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Rockport Division, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

The House of the Seven Gables

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Marblehead Museum


2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive Board

Kate Fox, Chair – Destination Salem

Jennifer Close, Vice Chair – Peabody Essex Museum

Tammy Harrington, Treasurer – Salem Trolley

Bethany Groff Dorau, Secretary – Historic New England

Pilar Garro, At Large – The Trustees of Reservations, Castle Hill at The Crane Estate

Tami O’Brien, At Large – Encompass Premiums & Apparel

Patrick Cornelissen, Immediate Past Chair


Board of Directors

Julie Arrison-Bishop – The House of the Seven Gables

Michael Bevilacqua – Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

George Carey – FINZ Seafood & Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar

Krista Marchand – DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore

Karen Nascembeni – North Shore Music Theatre

James O’Brien- Topsfield Fair

John Orlando – The Harborview Inn

Linn Parisi -Over the Bridge Tours

Drew Russo – Lynn Museum/LynnArts

Eva Valentine – Aegis Financial Strategies, Inc.

Merry Ward- Salem Witch Museum

Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP – Wolfe Adventures and Tours, LLC

Rhonda Woodman – Woodman’s of Essex

Ann Marie Casey, North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau – Ex Officio


New Directors

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites

Elizabeth Carey, Discover Gloucester

Kassandra Gove, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation

Ann Ormond, Town of Andover


Departing Directors

Tobin Dominick- Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

Rinus Oosthoek -Salem Chamber of Commerce