Nye and Handly win awards from Maryville Chapter of IAAP

The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitor’s Bureau made it a clean sweep at the 2011 Administrative Professionals Luncheon.

Deborah Nye, administrative assistant with the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau, won the 2011 Administrative Professional of the Year. Herb Handly, executive vice president of the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau was the 2011 Executive of the Year award. The two were honored the IAAP Maryville Chapter’s 2011 Administrative Professionals Luncheon at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Both said the organization did a great job of keeping their awards secret.

“I was surprised and very honored,” Nye said. “I’m extremely honored to receive this award from this group. They are a special group of ladies.”

“This is a well-kept secret,” said Alcoa Police Department executive assistant Lisa White said.

Lisa Keeble, the 2010 Administrative Professional of the Year, praised Nye. “When I received this award, I was truly overwhelmed,” she said. “Deborah is a true, shining example of what an administrative professional is.”

Bryan Daniel, president and CEO of the Blount Partnership, praised Nye for her work with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber. “She’s an integral part of our organization,” he said. “Employees like Deborah are hard to find, and we’re blessed to have an organization full of them.”

Herb Handly said he was surprised when Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson, the 2010 Executive of the Year, called out his name. “”This is a great honor, and I am certainly humbled by it,” Handly said. “Normally, I get up in front of people, and I have a prepared statement. Quite frankly, I’m speechless.”

Handly said his success is tied to the fact he has always tried to surround himself with good people. “I realized it was not what I do, but what people around me are doing that makes the difference,” he said. “I thank the folks who have supported me, and I thank you all for your support. This is a good organization.”

Knoxville New Sentinel humor columnist drew laughter throughout his talk entitled “Warning: Living can be dangerous to your health.”

Venable shared warning labels he found on items at the grocery store. “The warning on Dave’s Insanity Sauce’s was accurate,” he said. “You could chug Tabasco compared to this. It also strips wax floors and removes driveway stains.”

He said the warning label for children’s allergy medicine gives him reason to pause. “It says, ‘Be careful when driving a motor vehicle and other vehicles and avoid alcoholic beverages. I used to give my kids cold medicine with a Budweiser all the time,” he said, tongue in cheek.

Venable said the warning label on Planter’s Peanuts is another one that had him scratching his head.

“It says, ‘Caution: May contain peanuts.”

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