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Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

North of Boston CVB Annual Meeting, Tourism Awards
& Mini-Grant Ceremony
Thursday, November 4, 2021
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.


5:30pm – Check-in/Cocktails
6:00pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Remarks/ Board Inductions & Thank you for Service
6:45pm – Awards Presentation
7:30pm – Closing Remarks


2021 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award 

Laura Baker
Castle Manor Inn

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.

2021 Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award

Ryan Miller
Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

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.

 2021 Story Teller Award

Frank Romano
Museum of Printing

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”.

2021 Small Business Award

Captain Jim Douglass
Cape Ann Whale Watch

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.

2021 Frontline Hospitality Award

Brittany DiCologero
Destination Salem

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.

2021 New Member Award

Amesbury Carriage Museum

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.

2021 Award of Appreciation

Brad Hill
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.

Congratulations to our 2021 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients

Organization Project
Destination Salem 2021 Salem Guide & Map
Gloucester Tourism Alliance DBA Discover Gloucester 2021-2022 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide
Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Discover Amesbury Video
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce- Rockport Division 2021 Rockport Visitor Map & Guide
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 2021- 2022 Cap Ann Guide & Directory
Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc. Showcasing the Border to Boston Trail
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Greater Haverhill Chamber Visitor Guide & Directory
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce Official Visitor & Resource Guide 2021-2022
Marblehead Museum A 360-Degree Tour of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Newburyport Art Association Newburyport Art Association New Website
Town of Rockport Experience Rockport – “[Season] in Rockport” Videos

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Executive Board

James O’Brien, Chair – Topsfield Fair

John Orlando, Vice Chair – The Harborview Inn

Karen Nascembeni, Treasurer – North Shore Music Theatre

Bethany Groff Dorau, Secretary – Museum of Old Newbury

Tara B. Bassett, At Large – Boston Marriott Peabody

Doneeca Thurston, At Large – Lynn Museum/LynnArts

Jennifer Close, Immediate Past Chair – Peabody Essex Museum

Board of Directors

Joe Bevilacqua – Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lynne Blangiardi – Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston-Peabody

Sarah Boucher- Bramble Hospitality | Willowdale Estate & Briar Barn Inn

Jo Broderick – Montserrat College of Art

Elizabeth Carey – Discover Gloucester

Tobin Dominick – Cape Ann’s Marina Resort | Mile Marker One Waterfront Restaurant

Mayor Kassandra Gove- City of Amesbury

Jeanne Hennessey – Beauport Hospitality Group

Kate Martin – Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Ann Ormond – Town of Andover

Gia Page – Davio’s Lynnfield

Robert Simonelli – The Landing Restaurant

Merry Ward- Salem Witch Museum

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

New Directors

Nate Allard, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Stacia Cooper – Destination Salem

Carole McCauley – The Trustees, Crane Estate

Joshua Smith – Hampton Inn by Hilton, Salem Boston

Departing Directors

Tami O’Brien, Chair 2020-2021 – Encompass Premiums & Apparel

Kate Fox – Destination Salem

Michele Campbell – Endicott College

Thank you to our State Sponsor

Please CLICK HERE to access our 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.