Living the brand: TDC names hospitality award winner, artist of the year

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM.

"We handled no money. We had to go to the county to get checks written," he said. "The people I worked with had such great vision of where we were going and what it was to be. I had a staff that was second to none. It was impossible to fail. Today, you have a wonderful opportunity to do things for yourself and this county that are unique. I am truly humbled to have been a part."

TDC executive director Jim Bagby said Patterson was selected to receive the award by a vote of the council.

"It was a vote celebrating his lifelong commitment to Walton County and he is most deserving," said Bagby.

This was Bagby's first TDC Annual Meeting over which to preside and he chose to do things a little differently than they had been done in the past.

This was the first annual meeting to be held outdoors, and at sunset, overlooking the Gulf.

"Successful organizations live their brand and this is our brand," said Bagby.

There were no slides heralding the TDC's accomplishments or booths manned by those with whom the TDC advertises, but Bagby said the TDC is moving forward, not backward.

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