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(April 28, 2014) – Concord, NC — On April 10, three separate Cabarrus County entities with different missions came together to honor and recognize the outstanding contributions made by our area’s business and hospitality professionals over the last year. The event combined the Chamber Annual Meeting, the EDC Annual Awards and the CVB Golden Helmet Awards.

“Cabarrus County has made significant strides in infrastructure, business and tourism, all made possible by dedicated people who champion progress in Cabarrus County,” said Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of the Cabarrus County CVB. “Celebrate Cabarrus was created to recognize their hard work and achievements. They’re an inspiration to us all.”

As the nation prepares to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week May 3 – 11, the Golden Helmet Awards are an opportunity to share the stories of those who continuously make memorable experiences for our visitors through exceptional customer service.

On May 7, Cabarrus County will celebrate the nation’s annual salute to tourism with a rally at Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte-Concord featuring North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and destination research expert Berkeley Young. Contact Julie Hinson for more information on this event.

Winners for each category of the 2014 Golden Helmet Awards are:
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

About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting Cabarrus County as a visitor destination and enhancing the complete visitor experience. We also represent and support the interests of the local tourism industry and promote public awareness of the importance of tourism. For more information, visit our website ( or find us on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@SpeedCityUSA).

Media Contact:
Julie Hinson
Communications Manager