ASHEBORO – Randolph County Tourism Development Authority’s director, Tammy O’Kelley, was awarded a top honor this week at the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina’s DMANC annual conference in Asheville.

O’Kelley was presented with the tourism industry’s Rising Star Award on June 2, 2008. The award is given annually to a member who has worked as director of a bureau for a total of three years or less and has made an immediate significant impact to destination marketing in North Carolina. Nominations are made by DMANC members.

The award was presented by Bob McCoy CEO of Visit Winston-Salem and is one of two of the highest honors awarded by DMANC. As North Carolina’s only resource for in-state destination marketing organizations, DMANC is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of tourism professionals in more than 40 North Carolina communities. The organization provides leading-edge educational resources, networking opportunities, marketing benefits, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of North Carolina’s tourism economy.