Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award | American Bus Association

Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award

Do you know a member of ABA that sees “the Big Picture,” recognizes that “together, we are stronger” and demonstrates collaboration, passion, cooperation, enthusiasm, support and respect to everyone in the tourism industry? Nominate that person today for the 2nd Annual Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award!


The Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award recognizes an individual who creatively works within the group travel industry to build partnerships for the promotion of all tourism market segments and destinations.


An individual with a current or past affiliation with the American Bus Association.             

Primary Criteria for Selection

  • Collaboration with other operators and travel industry professionals.
  • Collaboration with city and/or state DMOs.
  • Creating new or unique opportunities for collaboration.
  • Exemplifies passion, support, customer service, creativity, and respect.

Secondary Criteria for Selection

  • Years in the tourism industry.
  • Overall professional/company success.
  • Contribution to the motorcoach industry overall.


Deadline to nominate someone for the 2024 Wayne Chandler Spirit of Partnership Award is Dec. 22. Click here for the nomination form.


About Wayne Chandler

Whether you spent one meeting with him or worked extensively by his side, Wayne Chandler shared his bright light with everyone, spending more than 30 years representing the Grand Ole Opry around the world.

Wayne started his career with Ryman Hospitality Properties/Gaylord Entertainment in May of 1988 and served in a variety of roles at the Opryland Hotel, Opryland USA and Grand Ole Opry Tours. Wayne rejoined the Company after being the owner of The Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater from 1997 to early 2001. He was most recently Director of Sales & Group Services for Opry Entertainment Group. Wayne was a Certified Tourism Professional and served in executive roles on many travel industry boards including Student & Youth Travel Association, American Bus Association, National Tour Association, Ontario Motor Coach Association and was a Past President of the Music Valley Merchants Association and Nashville Attractions Coalition.

A friend and mentor to countless people, Wayne left behind an incredible legacy of southern hospitality and passion for the Grand Ole Opry and the city of Nashville. And blessed all who knew him with his grateful heart and joyful spirit.

The American Bus Association serves a thriving industry that provides nearly 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service, and shuttles. Membership in ABA includes motorcoach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations, and products and service suppliers.

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