State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) recently received the 2017 Susan L. Hamo Friend of the Industry Award on behalf of the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, which recognizes those who have committed their work to advancing Ohio’s tourism industry.

“Tourism across our state helps to create jobs, build cultural relationships and boost the local economy,” said Sykes. “It has been my pleasure to assist the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau during the budget cycle and I am honored to receive the Friend of the Industry Award.”

The award is named after Susan L. Hamo, the second president of the Akron/Summit County Convention & Visitors Bureau, who was known for her innovative and trustworthy leadership. The award was presented by Greg Mervis, current President and CEO of the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“On behalf of Summit County’s hospitality industry partners, it was my distinct pleasure to present the Susan L. Hamo Friend of the Industry Award to Representative Emilia S. Sykes during the recent Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus’ January meeting,” said Mervis. “Representative Sykes’ ongoing support and advocacy of our industry underscores the hard work and dedication of more than 17,000 directly-employed hospitality professionals in our community. The vitality of our industry rests upon a foundation of stakeholders who understand the positive economic impact our industry has on the local economy – and it’s our collective honor to count Representative Sykes among those who celebrate our industry.”

Sykes, who serves as the House Minority Whip, represents Ohio’s 34th House district, which includes Akron and parts of Cuyahoga Falls and Bath Township.

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