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Rising Star Award

Presented by Southwest Airlines


The Rising Star Award is presented to a young professional in the Texas Travel & Tourism Industry who is recognized for their accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to the Industry and the Texas Travel Alliance.


"The Rising Star Award is such a great way to recognize the future leaders in our industry. I am so proud to have a recipient of this award on our team at The San Luis Resort. Richard See (2011 Rising Star Recipient) has been recognized by his peers and the leadership group at Landry's, Inc. and this has helped to position him on our radar for further advance within our company. Please take time to nominate our best of the best." - Paul Schultz, Vice President of Hospitality Landry's Hotel Division.


Deadline for submissions extended: November 30, 2020


Must be a member or an employee of a member organization
Must be 35 and under
Must not be the Chief Executive Officer of the organization
Must have worked in the Travel and Tourism Industry for at least two years

Nomination Requirements:

Nominee should be a young Travel and Tourism Industry professional that a member organization would like to recognize for their outstanding accomplishments, and for their demonstration of leadership and commitment to the Industry and the Alliance.

Award recipient responsibilities include: Must be able to attend and participate in Texas Travel Alliance Board meetings as an ex-officio member, assist with volunteer activities at events, and support leadership development efforts within the Industry.

Qualified Nominators:

To nominate a young professional for the Rising Star Award, the nominator must work at a member organization, preferably at the same organization as nominee, although it is not necessary; and nominee’s supervisor must support the nomination.

Nomination and Selection Process:

A nomination form must be received for a nomination to be valid. In addition to the nomination form, please include materials that reflect the nominee’s accomplishments and eligibility for this award. For example, you may submit resumes, press clippings, letters of recommendation or any other information you feel should be considered. The nomination form and any supplemental information submitted by the nominator will be the only factors considered in the selection process. A selection committee will review those documents and choose an award recipient.


Past Rising Star Recipients List


The 2020 Rising Star Award will be presented at the new Week of Unity program in February 2021.

For questions about this award, contact Jennifer Roush, Senior Director of Operations & Events at (512) 328-8842 x105 or

Presenting Sponsor of the Rising Star Award

Provide the following details for the person you are nominating.
In the space below, please give a specific example of how your nominee has fulfilled the Rising Star Award criteria.

In addition, you may include resumes, press clippings, letters of recommendation or any other information you feel should be considered by the selection committee. You may upload files using the form below; send by email to; or send by mail to Texas Travel Alliance, 1705 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste 160, Austin, Texas 78746, Attn: Jennifer Roush.

Please contact Jennifer with any questions at 512-328-8842 or by email,
Please provide us with YOUR contact information, in case we have questions regarding this nomination.