Sept. 21, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Maryville College received the “Tourism Award” during the 2012 Blount Partnership Business Excellence Awards on Sept. 20.
The “Tourism Award,” sponsored by local advertising agency and marketing firm The Tombras Group, goes to “the person or organization that promotes the assets of Blount County and the many festivals, events and celebrations that have an economic impact in the area.”
In presenting the award to Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart, David Jacobs of The Tombras Group said the College “has worked with the community to establish itself as a cultural center and has become a destination within the destination spot of East Tennessee.”
"The Highland Games, fantastic shows at the Clayton Center and other tourism opportunities are only the beginning,” Jacobs said. “Maryville College has truly become a community partner.”
Bogart said he was honored to accept the award on behalf of Maryville College.
“Maryville College benefits from the hard work of the many companies involved in the Blount Partnership,” he said. “We are grateful to be part of a team that welcomes visitors to the community, and that welcoming attitude is an asset for us as we recruit students every year. Maryville College is also pleased to announce that the Smoky Mountain Highland Games will be held on the campus for the next five years.”
The College was one of 13 award recipients honored during the event, which was held at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Other Business Excellence Award winners include: East Tennessee Medical Group, which received the “Impact Award;” ALCOA Inc., which received the “Award in Innovation;” Wendy Wand of the United Way of Blount County, who received the “Bright Future Award;” United Way of Blount County, which received the “Nonprofit/Civic Service Organization of the Year” award; Mary Beth West Consulting, which received the “Minority/Woman Owned Business of the Year” award; Virginia Hardwick of Staffing Solutions, who received the “Volunteer of the Year” award; America’s Best Choice Windows & More, which received the “New Business of the Year” award; Hickory Construction, which received the “Above & Beyond” award; Randy Burleson of Aubrey’s, who received the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award; Multi-Media Solutions, which received the “Small Business of the Year” award; The Massey Group, which received the “Large Business of the Year” award; and Joy Bishop, who received the “Philanthropist of the Year” award.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.