“It’s an extreme honor to be here this afternoon and to be honored from such a wonderful group as Visit Loudoun,” Mayor Davis said in accepting the 2018 Judy Patterson Tourism Award. “I love everything they do. It’s a tremendous organization that we should all be proud of here in Loudoun County. They do so much for us. I love Visit Loudoun and I love Loudoun County.”
The Judy Patterson Tourism Award, named for one of Visit Loudoun’s founding members, was established in 1998 to honor people and organizations that have made significant contributions to the county’s tourism industry. The award ceremony came as part of Visit Loudoun’s annual meeting, held May 11 at West Belmont Place at the National in Leesburg.
Also winning awards at the ceremony were:
Other nominees included Kari Bowman of Salamander Resort & Spa for Manager of the Year and Marqui Simmons, Salamander’s guest service supervisor, for #LoveLoudoun Ambassador of the Year, and Salamander’s Twilight Tastings for Annual Event of the Year.
The meeting also included the election of new members for Visit Loudoun’s Board of Directors serving from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021, including Melanie Mathewes, executive director of the National Sporting Library & Museum. Continuing board members include Reggie Cooper, general manager of Salamander Resort & Spa, and ex-officio members Jamie Gaucher, business and economic development director for the Town of Middleburg, and Emily Miller, chair of the Visit Loudoun Foundation.