Tourism director presented marketing excellence award

Adventures in Northeast Ohio President Marty Starkey (left) presents Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Rutledge with the Excellence Award for her dedication to promoting tourism.

KIDRON – Adventures in Northeast Ohio recognized Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Rutledge with its Excellence Award on Tuesday, May 2, at Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron.

Adventures in Northeast Ohio is a regional marketing association of attractions, hotels, restaurants and destination marketing organizations that promotes Northeast Ohio as a tourist destination.

The Excellence Award is presented to someone who promotes tourism in Northeast Ohio by going above and beyond her daily job or duties and serves as a mentor and role model in her daily work and through her actions.

Adventures Vice President Lisa Kusner Hovanec pointed out Rutledge has done just that through her work with Adventures and other tourism organizations.

Rutledge’s peers agree. She was nominated not once, but twice for the award this year. Hovanec was joined by Adventures President Marty Starkey in presenting the award to Rutledge.

“I am very flattered and very honored to receive this award,” Rutledge said. “I do think tourism has been a great career for me. I have loved it every since I started at the CVB 18 years ago, which is now hard to believe. I worked in a restaurant for 20 years before that.”

“So I really have been in the hospitality business for my whole life,” she noted. “I am very thankful to receive this award.”

Besides serving as Carroll County’s CVB director, she is also the director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, past president of Adventures, Ohio’s Appalachian Country and Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has also been active with Ohio Has It, a grassroots, group-tour marketing organization, and the Ohio Travel Association.

Locally, she is a member of the Carrollton Business Women and serves on the boards of the Ashton Preservation Association and the Community Improvement Commission. She is presently working on the WSOS Committee, which is a grant-funded project to revitalize Carrollton through community involvement and economic development.