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Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all Tourism Award Winners and Mini-Grant Recipients, and thank you to our sponsors, state and municipal officials and all attendees for making our event a very special evening.  Please CLICK HERE to access our photo gallery.

North of Boston CVB Annual Meeting, Tourism Awards
& Mini-Grant Ceremony

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Beauport Hotel
55 Commercial Street, Gloucester
5:30pm to 9:00pm

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5:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail Hour
6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Awards Presentation
8:00pm – Remarks/ Board Inductions & Thank you for Service
8:30pm – Closing Remarks

2017 Tourism Award Winners


2018 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award 

Tobin Dominick
Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

This leadership award was renamed in 2012 in honor of our colleague and friend Anne Turcotte. The award is given to an individual or organization whose innovation, expertise and energy serves as an inspiration for others in the tourism industry.

2018 Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award

David Compton
Residence Inn Boston/Danvers

The Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the tourism industry of the North of Boston region and honors the NBCVB member who best exemplifies the region’s hospitality.

 2018 Story Teller Award

Kristen Weiss
Cogswell’s Grant, Historic New England

The Story Teller Award honors the region’s best storytellers-the individuals, who share not only their company’s story, but all the rich history and culture of the region in everything they do in celebration of the North of Boston’s regional theme: “A Story in Every Mile”.

2018 Small Business Award

Giovanni Alabiso
Salem Historical Tours & Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

The Small Business Award is given to a small business owner who recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and is committed to servicing the visitors of Essex County.

2018 Frontline Hospitality Award

Tom Conway
Salem Witch Museum

The Frontline Hospitality Award, given for the first time in 2012, has been designed to honor a member of the region’s frontline service ambassadors. The friendliness, knowledge and customer service of these individuals set the tone for a visitors’ stay within the region. This individual regularly goes beyond to provide excellent customer service and encourage guests
to explore the region while visiting.

2018 New Member Award

Yard House

The New Member Award is given to a new member of the North of Boston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau that recognizes the importance of tourism within the region and has made great strides within their first years of membership to support tourism.

2018 Award of Appreciation

James Kelcourse
Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Award of Appreciation is given out to those individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote tourism in Essex County.

2018 Special Recognition Award

Tammy Harrington
Salem Trolley

2017 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients

Organization Project
Cape Ann Chamber of Chamber of Commerce 2018 Cape Ann Guide + Directory
Destination Salem 2018 Salem Guide & Map
Essex Agricultural Society DBA Topsfield Fair Topsfield Fair Google Adwords Project
Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc. Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Rack Card
Gloucester Tourism Alliance DBA Discover Gloucester 2018-19 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide Souvenir
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Greater Haverhill Visitor Guide
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce 2018 Visitor and Resource Guide to Greater Newburyport
Marblehead Chamber of Commerce 2018 Marblehead Visitor Guide and Map
Marblehead Museum Exterior Lee Mansion Signs
Montserrat College of Art Summer Immersives (classes) postcard/website and social media promotion
Rockport Chamber of Commerce, a Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 2018 Rockport Visitor’s Map and Guide
Rockport Cultural District Rockport Rack Card 2018
The House of Seven Gables Settlement Association Translation of informational site maps



2018-2019 Board of Directors

Executive Board

Jennifer Close, Chair  – Peabody Essex Museum

Tami O’Brien, Vice Chair – Encompass Premiums & Apparel

James O’Brien, Treasurer – Topsfield Fair

Bethany Groff Dorau, Secretary – Historic New England

Krista Marchand, At Large – Wylie Inn & Conference Center

Karen Nascembeni, At Large – North Shore Music Theatre

Kate Fox, Immediate Past Chair – Destination Salem

Board of Directors

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites

Julie Arrison-Bishop – The House of the Seven Gables

Elizabeth Carey, Discover Gloucester

Kassandra Gove, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation

John Orlando – The Harborview Inn

Ann Ormond, Town of Andover

Drew Russo – Lynn Museum/LynnArts

Merry Ward- Salem Witch Museum

Ann Marie Casey, North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau – Ex Officio

New Directors

Tara B. Bassett – Boston Marriott Peabody

Joe Bevilacqua – Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

Jo Broderick – Montserrat College of Art

Heather Dagle – 7 Seas Whale Watch

Jeanne Hennessey – Beauport Hospitality Group

Gia Page – Davio’s Lynnfield

Robert Simonelli – The Landing Restaurant

Departing Directors

Michael Bevilacqua – Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

George Carey – FINZ Seafood & Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar

Linn Parisi -Over the Bridge Tours

Eva Valentine – Aegis Financial Strategies, Inc.

Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP – Wolfe Adventures and Tours, LLC

Rhonda Woodman – Woodman’s of Essex

Thank you to our sponsors.

Title Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

Please CLICK HERE to access our 2017 photo gallery.