Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award was created to recognize an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to improve our local tourism product.  The award is open to an individual or group that has contributed substantially to the growth, improvement or engagement of the tourism industry within the Gaylord/Otsego County area and is not a member of the Tourism Bureau Board of Directors.

Anyone in the Gaylord area is welcome to nominate an individual or group for the Trailblazer Award using the form below. Nominations must be received by April 6, 2022. The recipient will be announced at the State of the Tourism Industry Luncheon on May 4, 2022. Please contact Christy Walcott at 989-732-4000 or christy@gaylordmichigan.net for more information or to RSVP. 

Previous recipients include:

  • 2020 – Scott & Janice Lampert – Sojourn Lakeside Resort, Sugar Bowl historic building, Fairfield Inn
    2020 – Justin Hacker – Gaylord Disc Golf Course
  • 2019 – Gary Kosch – Alpine Tavern & Otsego Grand Event Center
    2019 – Jerry Beattie – Sled Shed & Gaylord Area Snowmobile Trails Council 

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