December 2, 2013
HHOF 2013 - 221
HHOF 2013 - 221

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) gathered with Atlanta’s hospitality leaders Tuesday, Nov. 13 for the 15th Annual Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame. The reception honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and well-being of Atlanta’s hospitality industry.

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Kenneth L. Bernhardt, Ph.D., Marketing Consultant
  • Debra Cannon, Ph.D., Director, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, Georgia State University
  • Herman Russell, Founder, H.J. Russell & Company

“This celebration recognizes those in this room that have shown the world that Atlanta is a world-class destination, welcoming 42 million visitors,” said Nancy Oswald, chairman of the board of directors, ACVB. “Our community serves up award-winning dining, shopping and entertainment on par with the largest cities in the world. Tonight is about celebrating those accomplishments.”

Comedic quips by emcee and Laughing Skull Founder Marshall Chiles set a jovial tone for the evening. “To be here at the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame is exciting. It’s kind of like being at the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, but with less hairspray,” joked Chiles.

Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year were also awarded to executive vice president Richard and his Atlanta-based team at Shepard Exposition Services, and Pam Kruseck, Manager of Group Sales and Tourism, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, respectively.

Celebrating 100 years of hospitality, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.