Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director receives legacy award

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SUGARLAND, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Executive Director of the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Nanci Liles was honored by The Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) Thursday with the Legacy Award, according to an ACVB press release. 

The Marion Szurek Legacy Award is an honor bestowed upon executives who demonstrate vision, inspiration, leadership, professionalism, and hospitality in a way that shapes the success of the Texas tourism industry, according to the release. 

Since its inception a decade ago, only seven professionals have been given the award.

“On behalf of the TACVB Board of Directors, I am thrilled to present Nanci Liles with the Marion Szurek Legacy Award, ” Chief Executive Officer for the TACVB Sarah Page said. “Nanci has given an incredible gift of time and talent to the Texas tourism industry, and to TACVB. Through her work, dedication, her industry involvement and advocacy, her mentorship, and steady presence, Nanci’s legacy is unmatched.”

Originally going by a different name, the award was renamed the Marion Szurek Legacy Award in 2018, honoring the longtime director of the San Angelo Convention Bureau, who died in 2017.

“I’m honored to receive an award named for Marion Szurek,” Liles said in the release. “Marion was one of my earliest mentors, and a role model to us all.”

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