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The Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau recognizes hospitality industry partners during the sixth annual Celebrate Cabarrus and Golden Helmet Awards program on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

CONCORD, NC (December 11, 2018) – The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau honored area hospitality and tourism professionals on Thursday, December 6 at The Farmstead in Mt. Pleasant during their annual Celebrate Cabarrus event.

“It’s so important that our partners know how much they are appreciated,” said Cabarrus County CVB President and CEO Donna Carpenter. “Bringing them together at this event to celebrate and say thank you is certainly a highlight of our year.”

2018 Golden Helmet Award recipients are:

Restaurant of the Year – 73 & Main
Attraction of the Year – K1 Speed
Hotel of the Year – Homewood Suites
Small Business of the Year – OMG Donuts
Outstanding Ambassador – Arlene Stone, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Unsung Hero – Argelia Cabral, Hilton Garden Inn
Hospitality Professional of the Year – Susan McEntire, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Hometown Hero – Leanne Powell, Southern Grace Distilleries
Destination Visionary Award – Dr. Allen Dobson
Smith Family Lifetime Achievement Award – Sam Bass

The Golden Helmet Awards were created to honor those who continuously make memorable experiences for visitors through exceptional customer service. 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 strengthen our destination’s reputation.

New this year, The Smith Family Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor an individual in our community who has dedicated their life’s work to a passion that elevates Cabarrus County as a visitor destination. Marcus Smith presented the first-ever Smith Family Lifetime Achievement Award to Sam Bass.

The Cabarrus County CVB also recognized Housekeeping Employees of the Year, Top Volunteers and Top Visitor Center Referrals during the program.

Cabarrus County ranks 12th in travel impact among North Carolina’s 100 counties, and domestic visitors to and within Cabarrus County spent a record $446.84 million in 2017. For more of the latest tourism impact statistics, view “The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2017”—a study prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.


About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the CCCVB 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, visit or find us at and @VisitCabarrus on Twitter and Instagram.


Media Contact:
Julie Hinson, TMP
Communications Manager