Gatlinburg, TN (December 2, 2020) – In recognition for his efforts in championing Gatlinburg as a premier tourist destination, businessman Jim D. Ogle was named the recipient of the 2020 Zeno Wall, Jr. Tourism Award at the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet Monday night at W.L. Mills Conference Center.
Mayor Mike Werner and CVB Board of Directors Chair Cornelia Dobbins honored Ogle with a proclamation presentation affirming his contributions to the city and its leading economic industry. Ogle has carried on his family’s legacy in hospitality and real estate with the development of multiple businesses including three fine Gatlinburg hotels, vacation cabin rentals and the redevelopment of Greenbrier Campground. He is a graduate of Leadership Sevier and a former board member for Friends of the Smokies and founder of the Greenbrier Barn Party, an annual event that has raised over $2 million for Friends of the Smokies.
“Jim’s life work has been for the betterment of Gatlinburg. His vision and foresight and love for the community is the passion that drives his strong work ethic,” said Mark Adams, CEO/President, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “His efforts embody the spirit of this award and we are grateful for the opportunity to recognize his significant contributions.”
Similarly, community activists Earl and Margit Worsham were acknowledged for their profound commitment to Gatlinburg and volunteerism, receiving the William C. Stevens Volunteer Spirit Award.
“It is hard to succinctly describe the Worsham’s contributions to the city and countless non-profit organizations, including our beloved Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts,” said Adams. “Together they have worked quietly behind the scenes raising millions of dollars to support the advancement of the community.”
Outgoing Chair Cornelia Dobbins was honored with a presentation during the ceremony, alongside Kent Anders, Mike Fowler, Andy Taylor and Junior Watson for their service on the CVB Board of Directors over the past three years.
Also, announced at the banquet were newly elected members, Bob Bentz of Anakeesta, David Faulkner of Gatlinburg’s Little Log Wedding Chapel, Davey Thomas with Courtyard by Marriott, and Woods Hippensteal designated by Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. They will soon begin their service as board members in 2021.
Chamber Ambassadors were recognized for their hard work throughout the year. Sami John with Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery was named Ambassador of the Year. Erik Dobell with Impossibilities was 1st runner up and Baron Mayes with Brochure Distribution Services placing 2nd runner up.
View photos from the event here.