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Southeast Tourism Society Announces "Forty for the Future: Travel's Leading Talent"
Michael Tall of Charlestowne Hotels Chosen for Inaugural Class
“Our objectives with ‘Forty for the Future’ are to recognize leadership, demonstrate how varied tourism jobs are and inspire even younger people to consider tourism as a career,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.
The nominees had to be younger than 40 and could work in any segment of the tourism industry. The nominations were also open nationwide, not limited to the 12 member states of STS, and those chosen came from across 14 states. Tall, along with Phil Shirley, Director of Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, were the only recipients from South Carolina.
“All of them have demonstrated leadership in their careers and communities and are beacons for others,” said Hardman. “We wish we could have recognized even more, but this group lives up to the program’s name. They truly are ‘Forty for the Future,’ and we expect even bigger accomplishments and leadership from them.”
In being chosen for the award, Tall was recognized for accomplishments throughout his career, but most specifically for the unprecedented growth and industry recognition of Charlestowne Hotels since he became a partner in the company in 2008. Since that time, Charlestowne Hotels has grown from 12 properties to 32 properties, most of which are located in six southeastern states. In addition, during that same period, managed properties have been consistently ranked as some of the best in the country by leading industry publications and have consistently outperformed their markets. Likewise, the company has been recognized as one of the top management firms in the Southeast.
STS will recognize the ‘Forty for the Future’ Class of 2012 during a special presentation at the STS Fall Forum in Virginia Beach, VA, October 31-November 2.