A long time contributor to tourism in the High Country has been honored.

High Country Press reports that Grandfather Mountain's Vice President of Operations, Harris Prevost, has been recognized by the state of North Carolina with the prestigious Winners Circle Award.

The Winners Circle Award originated in 2004 in an effort to recognize communities, organizations, events and people in the tourism industry that have made significant and continuing contributions to the growth and success of North Carolina’s tourism industry. The award is presented each year by the Visit NC 365 Conference; this year's event was March 4-6 in Winston-Salem.

According to the report, Prevost has worked for Grandfather Mountain for 45 years. He's also served with the N.C. Travel Industry Association, Southern Highlands Attractions, Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Cannon Memorial Hospital Foundation, Lees-McRae College Forum, Northwestern N.C. Community Development Association, N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, High Country Host, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Association Foundation, AdvantageWest, HandMade in America, Boone First Presbyterian Church and many more.

Prevost joins a long list of Winners Circle Award winners including, Richard Petty, filmmaker Frank Capra Jr., and Grandfather Mountain founder Hugh Morton.

Photo Courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce: Secretary of Commerce Tony Copeland, left, Harris Prevost center, and past recipient and longtime friend Mary Jaeger-Gale.