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2014 Spirit of Cincinnati USA Award Categories

The Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau. These awards recognize individuals and businesses in the region that are actively contributing to the success of the hospitality industry and moving Cincinnati forward as a travel and tourism destination!

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Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards

There are six spirit award categories from which individuals or organizations can be nominated for outstanding service and effort to the hospitality industry. Scroll through the presentation to learn more about each category.

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Champion Award for Convention and Meeting Sales

Awards one or more individuals who have worked closely with the CVB to bring important meetings and conventions to Cincinnati USA.

Past winners inlcude Ellen van der Horst (Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber), Kristen Ropp (U.S. Bank Arena), and Bob Stevie (Sister Cities International).

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Erich Kunzel Queen City Advocate

Awards an individual(s) or organization(s) whose actions have attracted positive media coverage of Cincinnati USA.

Past winners include Kristen Erwin (Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Film Commissions) and the Cincinnati Park Board (Over-the-Rhine Revitalization).

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Partnership Award

Recognizes an individual or organization who partnered with Cincinnati USA CVB and made significant contributions to the local meetings and tourism industry.

Past winners include Milton Dohoney, Jr. (City of Cincinnati), Todd Portune (Hamilton County Commission), and Ronda Androski (Arnold's Bar and Grill).

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Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Service

Honors individuals on the front line of the hospitality industry who set an example for others by their excellent customer service and pride in the Cincinnati community. These individuals go beyond the call of duty every day, both on and off the job.

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The Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award

Recognizes the accomplishments of businesses supporting the hospitality industry who contribute to diversity through leadership in areas such as supplier diversity or workforce development programs.

Photo credit: Steve Ziegelmeyer

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Wendell P. Dabney Award for Diversity

Named after the son of a Virginia slave who attended college and became an author, publisher, musician, and political activist in the early 20th century. This award recognizes individuals/organizations who have diversified the Cincinnati region, specifically the hospitality/visitor industry.