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 Chuck Coon Wins 2013 Big Wyo Award

This year’s recipient of the annual “BIG WYO” award was Chuck Coon. The tourism industry recognized Coon who has served as the tourism media manager for the Wyoming Office of Tourism for nearly 25 years. Coon retired in December of 2012.

The award is sponsored by the Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association and recognizes an outstanding travel and tourism person of the year. “Chuck in the epitome of my definition of the perfect public relations professional,” said Gene Bryan, former tourism director who hired Coon.

Coon has been the “voice” of Wyoming tourism for countless promotional videos and is more notably responsible for creating the Cowboy Marketing Program that has gained popularity and success in the last nine years.

Diane Shober, Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism proudly recognized Coon while giving him a miniature “Good Ride Cowboy” Chris LeDoux bronze and a signed Chris LeDoux CD set donated by the LeDoux family as well as book of short stories and memories by hundreds of friends and colleagues. “The past ten years of working with Chuck have been a real pleasure. I’ve marveled at this creativity and laughed at his humor but most importantly his passion for Wyoming and our sponsored cowboys is what will always be remembered.”

Coon was gracious as he accepted the award, "When I look at the beacons of our business who have received this recognition, I am not certain that I measure up. I did what I was hired to do by the state and took great pleasure in performing those tasks to the best of my ability. I am humbled and deeply appreciative."

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