“NCOT is very grateful to our dedicated tourism professionals for their volunteer work helping support and enhance Nevada’s No. 1 industry,” said Krolicki, chair of NCOT chair. “Tourism is vital to the rural Nevada economy, and NCOT relies on our volunteer network to keep visitor dollars flowing into local events, parks, museums and a wealth of other attractions.”
One winner was selected from each of Nevada’s six tourism “territories,” geographical areas of similar culture and geography. Two other awards recognized achievements on a statewide basis. A ninth honoree was a high school senior who won the June Stannard Scholarship.
“Our rural tourism volunteers contribute their time, energy and expertise to develop and promote Nevada’s attractions and draw visitors,” NCOT Interim Director Larry Friedman said. “Their special skills and steadfast commitment are invaluable to the health and progress of our state’s tourism industry.”
Among the honorees was Gordon Horsley, business development manager for Amador Stage Lines in Reno, who has been a “driving force” for the tourism industry in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area for decades. He has helped with such projects as tours for travel journalists and tour operators, and special events. Horsley has served on numerous boards, currently serving as vice chairman of the National Automobile Museum in Reno.