ABA Board Member John Percy Named Inaugural Wayne Chandler Award Winner

During ABA's Marketplace 2022 in Grapevine, Texas, the Grand Ole Opry named ABA Board Member and CEO of Destination Niagara USA John Percy, Jr., as the first recipient of the Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award. 

When presenting the award, Kristi Driver of Opry Entertainment described Percy as "The award committee chose the perfect inaugural recipient."

Driver said words that people use to describe Percy include: 

Larger-than-life personality
Great leader 
Welcomes a new face into the room 
Always making a difference

ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso said "There couldn’t be a better recipient of the first Wayne Chandler award than John Percy. This award is well deserved."

The Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award - created in memory of Wayne Chandler who spent more than 30 years promoting the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, as well as Nashville and Tennessee, and Opry Entertainment - recognizes an individual who creatively works within the group travel industry to build partnerships for the promotion of all tourism market segments and destinations.

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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