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2023 Awards of Distinction: Mary Kay Vrba Spirit Award

Date Published: September 26, 2023

Congratulations to Mary Kay Vrba Spirit Award honoree,
Judy Hannon, General Manager of Revel 32°!

2023 Awards of Distinction Mary Kay Vrba Spirit Award Judy Hannon


The Mary Kay Vrba Spirit Award honors an individual who embodies the qualities Mary Kay Vrba, past President & CEO of Dutchess Tourism, represents including selflessness, service, inclusiveness and leadership. Join Dutchess Tourism in celebrating all the honorees at the 10th annual Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Read more about the event here.


What about your business inspires you?

What inspires me and has been the most rewarding is seeing how the Revel 32° team have enthusiastically and tirelessly built and continue to build the business and our client base. Revel 32° hosts weddings, social gatherings, corporate events, concerts, theatre performances and more. The collaboration between the partners, my colleagues and our business partners, with the conclusion of seeing our clients’ dreams come true, is extremely rewarding!

What are your hopes for the future of travel in Dutchess County?

Continued growth in returning and new visitors as they explore the many outdoor activities, historical sites, and food and beverage establishments that abound in Dutchess County. Continued collaboration amongst the tourism-related sites as we network and cross-sell each other in Dutchess County, the Hudson River Valley, nationally and internationally.


What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?

To be kind, honest and loyal. Build relationships and a support team with those around you and with whom you are doing business. Communicate and lead by example. Encourage others.


What advice would you give to someone entering or interested in the tourism industry?

There are so many opportunities and careers to consider in hospitality and tourism. You must enjoy interacting with all kinds of individuals, often being a people pleaser, working long but rewarding hours. Opportunities abound!        


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