DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 50 The AWARDS Issue! MARK WILSON General Manager The Bourbon Orleans, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection New Orleans, La. 33 Years In The Business A Passion for Hospitality Getting selected as a Silver Plume General Manager of the Year would be a great honor in any location, but to receive this distinction in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, where there are ap- proximately 300 hotels, is truly an achievement. Mark Wilson, general manager of The Bourbon Orleans was recently presented with this special honor, one of Where New Orleans Magazine's 26th Annual Silver Plume Hospitality Awards. Presented annually throughout North Amer- ica and Europe, Where's Silver Plume Awards honor local hotel industry professionals for their ongoing contributions to tourism. In addition to general managers, the ceremony salutes marketing directors, concierges and other members of the New Orleans hospital- ity industry who serve as goodwill ambassadors for the city. The Gen- eral Manager of the Year honors someone who not only pro- vides support and en- couragement to their hotel employees, but who actively pro- motes and supports New Orleans Tourism. Wilson, who has more than 30 years of ex- perience in the hospitality industry, became general manager at the Bourbon Orleans in 2010, having risen through the ranks of man- agement positions in several other prestigious New Orleans' meeting hotels. He has an MBA from Tulane University and was a graduate of the General Managers Program at Cornell in 2012, but began his hospitality career with Hilton Hotels, working as assistant director of sales from 1984 -1989 at properties in San Francisco and New Orleans. From 1990-1994 he was director of sales at the Sheraton New Orleans, then became director of sales and ► Readers' Choice: Top 300 meeting sites and destinations in the South Readers' Choice Award Winners • Biltmore Estate • The Conference Center at GTCC • Durham CVB • Fayetteville Area CVB, See Ad On Page 48 • Greensboro Area CVB, See Ad On Page 47 • Greenville-Pitt County CVB • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort • High Point CVB • Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem In The Twin City Quarter • Mooresville CVB, See Ad On This Page • New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitor Center • Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB • Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel • Renaissance Asheville Hotel • Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center • Sheraton Raleigh Hotel • The Umstead Hotel & Spa • Visit Winston-Salem, See Ad On Page 51 • Wilmington Convention Center Honorable Mention Award Winners • 21c Museum Hotel Durham • The Glenwood New & Renovated Award Winners • Benton Convention Center • Greenville Convention Center • JB Duke Hotel, See Ad On Page 49 • Rizzo Conference Center • Shell Island Resort • The Carolina Inn North Carolina Mark Wilson with Lois Sutton, publisher of Where magazine

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