David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, received Alabama Tourism’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism last month. Dr. Bronner, who has been CEO of RSA since 1973, is responsible for the development of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a nationally-known collection of 26 championship golf courses at 11 sites. I remember when I told Dr. Bronner that his vision of a golf trail would never make it in Alabama. He has reminded me on a few occasions that I was dead wrong!
The award is among 14 for 2010 that comprise the Alabama Tourism Awards. The awards were first presented in 1998 and honor outstanding achievements in the state’s tourism industry. Each award winner is recognized as a key player in making tourism a strong economic force in Alabama, according to the Governor’s Conference on Tourism. It has been reported that tourism contributed $9.3 billion to Alabama’s economy in 2009 and supported 162,000 jobs statewide. More than 21 million people visited the state last year. Lee Sentell, who heads up the state’s tourism efforts, has done a tremendous job selling our state to the world. Lee, too, should be commended for his excellent work. The awards banquet was held at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa in Montgomery.
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