The Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award honors emerging travel leaders with less than 15 years of professional experience in the industry. You may nominate ONE qualifying industry leader by submitting the following survey by the deadline of Thursday, Sept. 28. Self nominations are accepted!

* 1. Nominator's Name

* 2. Name of Nominee

* 3. Relationship to Nominee

* 4. Company

* 5. Nominator's Email

* 6. Biographical Summary (Please Limit Your Response to 250 Words):

Indicate why you feel the individual above should be considered as a recipient of the Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award. Include examples of service to the travel industry, service to his or her community and service to the Ohio Travel Association and/or other travel membership organizations. Please explain how the nominee meets the five points of eligibility criteria:
  • Less than 15 years of professional experience in the travel industry with a minimum of five years in the Ohio travel industry
  • Current Ohio Travel Association member
  • Demonstrates commitment and passion for the industry
  • Completed some type of continuing education (ex: OTLA, CDME, etc.)
  • Been recognized for leadership and efforts beyond his or her job

A committee of the current and past OTA presidents will review all nominations and select up to two finalists. Finalists will be asked to create a short video. The winning nominee's video will be shown at the Ohio Conference on Travel during the award ceremony.

If you have any additional support documents, please send these as one pdf to Melinda Huntley at