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EDUCATION

* Rocky Hackworth, Amy Taylor Lewis, Eric Bess, Lisa Skidmore, Mary Gibson, Jon Casto, Dave Perdue, John Pennington, Scott Duffer and Terry Easter were honored by Bridgemont Community and Technical College during its "Alumni and Friends Week." Hackworth was named "Bridgemont Alumnus of the Year" by the college at large. Lewis, Bess, Skidmore, Gibson, Casto, Perdue, Pennington and Duffer were honored as departmental "Alumni of the Year" for their professional successes and service to Bridgemont's academic programs. Easter, of Walker Machinery, was named the 2012 "Friend of the College" for his support of Bridgemont's new diesel technology program.

HOSPITALITY

* Alisa Bailey, president and chief executive officer of the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been honored for her work as head of tourism for the state of Virginia from 2003 to 2012. The Virginia Tourism Corporation passed a resolution citing Bailey's success in enhancing the reputation of the Virginia organization; working to promote awareness of the economic role of tourism; doubling the organization's budget; and overseeing development of a website that became the most-visited state tourism website in the United States. Bailey is a Charleston native.


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