We are proud to announce the Q1 winners of the
2023 Fired Up! Culture Achievement Award!

Presented to organizations that excel and set the standard for workplace culture and engagement. This recognition is awarded to organizations that show impactful action by leadership to get intentional about their workplace culture, prioritize the development of their team members, and foster a healthy and positive environment in their workplace.

How do we award these recipients? This recognition is awarded to the organizations that scored the highest on the annual Fired Up! Culture Index©. These organizations are setting the standard among their peers when it comes to how engaged their team members are feeling about their workplace culture.

“I am incredibly excited to present the winners through Q1 of the 2023 Culture Achievement Award.

These organizations are at the forefront of fostering a workplace culture that empowers their leaders to promote engagement and excellence in performance. Building an exceptional culture requires significant effort—these organizations deserve recognition and should be proud of their remarkable achievements.”

Chris Ihrig, Fired Up! Culture CEO

Explore Asheville

The Explore Asheville team works to support community partners by promoting Asheville, North Carolina as a top destination. Asheville is a thriving mountain city featuring a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

President & CEO: Vic Isley

Leadership Team: Marla Tambellini, Mike Kryzanek, Penelope Whitman, Jennifer Kass-Green, Julia Simpson

Industry: Destination Marketing Organization

“I’m most proud of how our work toward workplace culture has truly been an all-team effort. Each person in our organization has been integral in shifting the culture and that positive change continues to feed more positive change. I’m so proud of the work of this team.”

Vic Isley, President & CEO

Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership, strategic direction and destination marketing to attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Founded in 1971, Ottawa Tourism is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization, with 340 members representing accommodations, attractions, restaurants, outdoor experiences, festivals and entertainment that work together to profile Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region as a diverse and exciting place to visit.

President and CEO: Michael Crockatt

Leadership Team: Glenn Duncan, Catherine Callary, James Harvey, Lesley Mackay, Roslyn Smith, Nicole Picton

Industry: Destination Marketing

“I am proud that our team is proud to work for our organization. Our positive culture is reflected in our high employee net promoter scores, and in the regular feedback we receive from the entire team. The trust level among colleagues is extraordinary.”

Michael Crockatt, President & CEO

Visit Greater Palm Springs

Visit Greater Palm Springs is the official tourism marketing agency for the Coachella Valley. Founded in May 1989 by a Joint Powers Authority comprising the cities of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio, Visit Greater Palm Springs was created as a public-private partnership to help grow the region’s tourism economy.

President & CEO: Scott White

Leadership Team: Colleen Pace, Bill Judson, Todd Burke, Andy Cloutier, Carolina Viazcan

Industry: Destination Marketing

“Over the past year, the organization has grown significantly and our welcoming culture has helped our new members feel safe and are encouraged to share their ideas. The open communication and collaboration has benefited our organizational work flow, processes and innovation.”

Scott White, President and CEO