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Mayor Dean recipient of E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award

Nashville’s hospitality industry named Mayor Karl Dean the first recipient of the E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award at the third annual National Travel & Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Luncheon. The newly-established award, named after the former president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, recognizes an individual not directly affiliated with the hospitality industry who has contributed above and beyond to the overall success of tourism and convention business in Nashville.

In addition, the industry presented the Annual Hitmaker Award to Shawn Harris of Broadway Brewhouse and Patrick Raines of The Hermitage Hotel. The Music City Hitmakers program honors those individuals who provide extraordinary service to ensure an authentic Music City experience. The program encourages Nashville visitors to nominate individuals who provide the truest Southern hospitality during their stay. 

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