"I first joined HTN wanting to connect with other restaurateurs to learn and grow my company. I quickly found out that the more I was involved the greater my knowledge grew not only about the restaurant industry but the entire Hospitality industry. I later was asked to join the board and the opportunity to effect the local, state and national issues that face our industry has been so important. But by far my involvement in the education foundation and seeing the future of our industry given the opportunity to learn and grow has been so rewarding!"
- Andy Marshall, CEO & Proprietor, A.Marshall Family Foods
"Other than the savings we get from partner companies, and the opportunity to support our industry, the relationships with other industry leaders are invaluable. We “get down to business,” but we also have fun, and support one another. It is a step further than business associates and colleagues to friendship and family."
-Christie Connatser, General Manager, Hampton Inn - Gatlinburg, TN
“I have found that HTN is incredibly well-informed about the issues concerning the tourism industry and very well-connected with the decision makers. The staff has been a wonderful resource for me. When I had issues that arose locally they were supportive and kept me informed.”
- Melissa Woody, Vice President, Tourism Development
Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce
"Being a tourism member and board member has enabled me to network with some of the smartest tourism industry professionals in the state. We are a small metro, but HTN gives us access to people who are always willing to help and share ideas. I have built some lifelong friendships through my association with the board. HTN has been tremendously valuable to our organization through the governmental relations efforts."
– Brenda Whitson, Executive Director Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
"HTN has been an invaluable partner on advocacy for industry and on offering educational opportunities. Wouldn't want to be without them"
- Butch Spyridon, President & CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitor's Corporation
“As an HTN member, I appreciate the important work this organization commits themselves to on behalf of the tourism industry. HTN keeps the entire spectrum of the travel industry relevant at all levels. Their ongoing efforts uniting all sectors of hospitality and tourism are vital to the success of individual partners and the state as a whole.”
-Kim Bumpas, President Visit Knoxville
"First and foremost, HTN keeps me informed and connected to what is happening in our industry. HTN is a great conduit to best practices throughout our state. Last but not least, through HTN I have connected with great friends that I will keep for life."
-Doug Browne, President Peabody Hotels & Resorts
"I am proud to be associated with HTN as a board member because of the insights you gain from being active with the organization. The networking opportunities with peers from across the state, staying informed on legislative issues that directly affect our industry and having a great time in the process are reasons enough to justify membership. I have met lasting friends and colleagues associated with the Hospitality and Tourism industries and this group knows how to help and serve others. The HTN team does an amazing job keeping us informed and moving our association forward. Proud to be a part of HTN."
- Bob Dollinger, Regional Director of Operations 3H Group Hotels