Nine honored by PWCVB for economic contribution

HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS AND RHODE ISLANDERS who helped to bring meetings and sporting event business to the Ocean State celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau Ambassador award ceremony. PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan (in black) and R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea (in blue) are in the center of the front row. / COURTESY PWCVB
HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS AND RHODE ISLANDERS who helped to bring meetings and sporting event business to the Ocean State celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau Ambassador award ceremony. PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan (in black) and R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea (in blue) are in the center of the front row. / COURTESY PWCVB

PROVIDENCE – At the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau annual Ambassador awards, held Thursday, nine Rhode Islanders were honored for their revenue- generating capabilities and achievements.

Per the PWCVB’s count, this group has helped net a combined $9 million in direct spending in the Ocean State.

Timed to coincide with Global Meetings Industry Day, PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan said during her remarks at the ceremony that Providence’s hotel occupancy rate was 73.9 percent for the 2017 calendar year. This is the “highest in recent memory,” according to the group.

Both regions represented by the PWCVB – Providence and Warwick – saw growth last year; there were 3.9 percentage point and 3.1 percentage point jumps, respectively.

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The individuals honored Thursday were:

  • Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea was recognized for hosting the 2018 Governing: Women in Government conference
  • For the Northeast Forest Fire Compact Commissioners meeting, Debra Aiello was honored
  • Laura Burkett was recognized for helping to facilitate the Providence Art Show
  • For the Northeast Caucus of the American Physical Therapy Association, Wendy Fox was honored
  • Along with Susan Daly and Tricia Yeoman, Wendie Mackie was honored for hosting the National Marine Trades Association Meeting
  • For her role in Encuentro 2018 – A Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation meeting, Marta Martinez was recognized
  • Amy Pettine was honored for hosting the Transit Agency Board Workshop
  • Dinalyn Spears was recognized for helping to put on the Native American, Fish & Wildlife Society Nation conference

In addition, Warwick resident Joe Brouillard was awarded the PWCVB’s “Loyal Partner” honor. Over the past decade, Brouillard has continuously assisted the R.I. Sports Commission, a division of the PWCVB, in booking events through his role with the American Contract Bridge League. By PWCVB’s count, the estimated direct spending of the events Brouillard helped secure is more than $13 million.

Chairman of the board of the Taco Family of Companies, John Hazen White Jr., served as the keynote speaker Thursday.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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