Professional Awards

KTIA celebrates the hard work, dedication and many contributions of our members through awards that are presented each year at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference. 


Nominating an Award Recipient

  • Nominations are due to Hank Phillips no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, September 17, 2021. 
  • Nominations must be on the form provided for each award. The following are links to the nomination forms:
Mangeot – Oaken Award for Distinguished Service
Member of the Year
Emerging Leader
Stars of the Industry
  • A member may submit multiple nominations for the same award.
  • Nominators should include information about the nominee that addresses all award criteria, but the information does not have to be limited only to that relayed to the criteria. 

Mangeot-Oaken Award for Distinguished Service

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. Although past recipients are as varied as is the industry, this group shares the common characteristics of being leaders and possessing a deep 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
  • Supportive and actively engaged with KTIA activities, programs and events
  • Made outstanding contributions to KTIA through work on advocacy issues, education or other KTIA programs or initiatives

Emerging Leader

This award honors a new member who, in a relatively short time, has made an impact with KTIA as well as his or her employer and local industry. 

Criteria for selection:

  • KTIA member in good standing for 24 months or less prior to the deadline for submitting nominations 
  • Made important contributions to employer
  • Active involvement in local travel industry
  • Active involvement in KTIA programs

Stars of the Industry

Among the most vital contributors to a visitor’s experience and satisfaction are the frontline professionals they encounter during their trip. These professionals are also essential to their employers’ success and that of the overall Kentucky travel industry. To acknowledge the essential nature of the frontline travel and tourism services provided by thousands of Kentuckians, KTIA recognizes five individuals each year who have demonstrated exceptional frontline service. 

Criterion for Selection:

  • Exceptional guest/visitor service