Professional Awards


Mangeot-Oaken Distinguished Service Award

The Mangeot-Oaken Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the Kentucky’s travel industry. The award is named for Daniel Mangeot and Mary Ray Oaken, industry icons whose commitment and leadership set the stage and the example for tourism leaders who came after them.

Past recipients are individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to developing, promoting, and protecting Kentucky's tourism industry. Among this group are entrepreneurs and statewide leaders. All have one thing in common - dedication to "Making Tourism Work for Kentucky".

Criteria for selection:

  • KTIA member in good standing
  • Involvement/employed in Kentucky's Travel Industry for at least 10 years
  • Sustained and outstanding contributions to the growth and development of tourism in Kentucky

Member of the Year

Each year the Kentucky travel industry encounters a variety of challenges and opportunities; and each year KTIA honors a member who stepped forward and provided exemplary service and leadership to the industry and association.

Criteria for selection:

  • KTIA Member in good standing
  • Attended KTIA meetings throughout the year
  • Made outstanding contributions to KTIA through work on legislative issues, education or other KTIA programs or initiatives. 

Rookie of the Year

This award honors a new member who in a relatively short time has made an impact, including significant contributions to his or her employer and local industry and who has become actively engaged in KTIA. 

Criteria for selection:

  • KTIA member in good standing for 18 months or less prior to the deadline for submitting nominations (September 8, 2017)
  • Made important contributions to employer
  • Active involvement in local travel industry
  • Active involvement in KTIA programs

Nominating an Award Recipient

Nominations are due to Hank Phillips no later than September 8, 2017 and must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominations must be in the form of a one page, single-spaced description of the individual’s qualifications for the award
  • Nominators should be certain to clearly address the award criteria
  • Nominations in all award categories are accepted from any KTIA member
  • A member may submit multiple nominations