Golden Helmet Awards

Golden-Helmet-Awards

Excellent service is as good as gold.

The Golden Helmet Awards were originally created in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week to honor those who continuously make memorable experiences for our visitors through exceptional customer service as it relates to local tourism. 

Each year, Cabarrus County Partners are able to nominate persons within their organization or the community that have gone beyond the call of duty to wow guests and do their part in strengthening our destination's reputation. Nominated individuals are involved with the community and the industry on many levels and often receive rave reviews from clients and visitors. 

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Golden Helmet Criteria
Anyone employed or volunteering in the hospitality and tourism industry within Cabarrus County is eligible for nomination. A call for nominations is sent to the database of Cabarrus County CVB Partners prior to the ceremony. In addition to considering feedback obtained through partner nominations, the Cabarrus County CVB selects Golden Helmet Award winners based upon the nominees contribution to the well being of the area's  travel and tourism culture as well as the nominees level of activity with the Cabarrus County CVB organization.

Awards are given for the following categories
Unsung Hero - Unseen by visitors but essential to creating an overall positive guest experience
Outstanding Ambassador of the Year - Frontline team member who represents Cabarrus County with excellent customer service
Hospitality Professional of the Year - Demonstrates superior professional dedication and leadership within the hospitality community
Hometown Hero - A native or long-time resident who embodies the spirit of Cabarrus County and proudly shares the destination with those they encounter
Destination Visionary - An individual or organization that has forged a path for significant tourism advancements in Cabarrus County

These awards are based on actions that have gone above and beyond their normal day to day operations to support hospitality and tourism in Cabarrus County.
Restaurant of the Year 
Attraction of the Year 
Hotel of the Year 
Small Business of the Year 


2017 Recipients
Hospitality Humanitarian Award – Paige Welch
Hotel of the Year – Comfort Suites - Kannapolis
Attraction of the Year – Southern Grace Distilleries
Small Business of the Year – Cabarrus Brewing Co. & NASCAR Racing Experience
Restaurant of the Year – Forty Six
Outstanding Ambassador – Devante Watkins, Hilton Garden Inn
Unsung Hero –  Adam Dancy, Concord Regional Airport
Hospitality Professional of the Year – Vicki Baptista, Comfort Suites - Concord Mills
Destination Visionary Award – City of Kannapolis

Press Release:  FIFTH ANNUAL GOLDEN HELMET AWARDS HONOR HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS IN CABARRUS
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2016 Recipients
Hotel of the Year – Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord
Attraction of the Year – Hendrick Motorsports
Small Business of the Year – Southern Grace Distilleries
Restaurant of the Year – Gianni's Trattoria
Outstanding Ambassador – Terry Crawford
Unsung Hero – Eddie Ray, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Hospitality Professional of the Year – Dianne Eckert, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Visitor Center Referral Winner – Shirley Lamoreaux, Hendrick Motorsports
Hometown Hero – The Avett Family
Destination Visionary Award – Concord Regional Airport

Press Release: COUNTY'S BUSINESS AND HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS HONORED AT CELEBRATE CABARRUS 2016
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2015 Recipients
Attraction of the Year – Sea Life Aquarium
Hotel of the Year – Great Wolf Lodge
Restaurant of the Year – The Smoke Pit
Small Business of the Year – Cabarrus Creamery
Hospitality Professional of the Year – Billy Gulledge, Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Concord
Hometown Hero – Michael Anderson, Michael A. Anderson Photography
Outstanding Ambassador – Lenny Stallings, Capstone Climbing and Adventure
Unsung Hero – Joyce Kelly, Affordable Corporate Suites - Concord
Destination Visionary Award – City of Concord

Press Release: COUNTY'S BUSINESS AND HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS HONORED AT CELEBRATE CABARRUS
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For more photos of the event via social media, look up #CelebrateCabarrus


2014 Recipients

Unsung Hero of the Year – Sam Dozier, Great Wolf Lodge
Outstanding Ambassador of the Year – Evan Lindsey, SpringHill Suites
Hospitality Professional of the Year – Randy Long, Kannapolis Intimidators
Restaurant of the Year – The Speedway Club
Attraction of the Year – Concord Mills
Hotel of the Year – Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort and Spa
Small Business of the Year – Miss M's Sweets
Hometown Hero – Virginia and Bill Foil, Dot Foil Shillinglaw, Foil Farms

Press Release: INAUGURAL CELEBRATE CABARRUS EVENT UNITES COUNTY THROUGH RECOGNITION
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Press Release: CABARRUS COUNTY'S HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS HONORED AT INAUGURAL CELEBRATE CABARRUS EVENT
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2013 Recipients
Unsung Hero of the Year - Nelson Guste', Residence Inn by Marriott
Outstanding Ambassador of the Year - Coralee Stevenson, Hilton Garden Inn
Hospitality Professional of the Year - Jennifer Parsley, Aim Tours
Restaurant of the Year Jim 'N Nick's, Robin Diamond
Attraction of the YearCharlotte Motor Speedway
Hotel of the YearHoliday Inn Express @ Exit 49, Billy Gulledge
Small Business of the Year - The Bead Lady, Kathleen Reeder

Press Release: HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS HONORED AT GOLDEN HELMET AWARDS  
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Contact Gayle Love Lee for more information.  704-456-7973 or  Gayle@VisitCabarrus.com

 

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