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Visit Salt Lake hands out two awards: Scholarship, Honors given at group’s annual dinner

Published: 03/21/2014
By Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune -- Visit Salt Lake presented two major awards Thursday night at its annual meeting at the Gateway mall.

Cannon Tarbet, the tourism group’s national sales manager, won the eighth annual Dianne Nelson Binger Sales Leadership Award, for booking more than 25,000 room nights last year. The award is presented to Visit Salt Lake’s top salesperson. Tarbet joined the organization in 2011 after working at various Salt Lake hotels for 15 years. He is responsible for booking single hotel and resort meetings from the central part of the country.

Jamie Bennett won the Dianne Nelson Binger Scholarship, which is bestowed annually to a female student at the University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Bennett, who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2013 with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation, is currently in her second semester of a master’s degree at the University of Utah. He focus is recreation therapy as an intervention for health prevention in children.