BOONE—Dr. J. Dana Clark of Lenoir was awarded the Charles Parker Award for Tourism Excellence at the fall 2012 meeting of the North Carolina Tourism Leadership Conference in Raleigh.
This annual industry award is conferred “For Outstanding Contributions to the Development of the Travel Industry of North Carolina.” Past recipients have included Andy Griffith, William Cecil of the Biltmore House, and Hugh Morton, Sr. of Grandfather Mountain.
Clark is a professor and program director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.
Previously, Clark was vice president of convention development for the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant innkeeper of the Holiday Inn in Athens, Ga. H
He holds A.B.J. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Clark has consulted with a wide range of organizations, published articles in a number of publications including the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, and serves on a variety of boards. He is the current chair of the Lenoir Tourism Development Authority.