Paul Hazard Award given 18 times in the hospitality association’s 41-yr history
NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
“I had no idea it was coming,” Shockley said Wednesday about receiving the Paul Hazard Award during the association’s dinner meeting Nov. 7 at the Princess Royale. “It was a complete surprise.”
The 2-foot-tall wooden trophy, with Shockley’s name joining the names of the 17 past recipients, will reside in his office “until they decide to give it to someone else,” he said.
The award is not given out every year, but only when there is a deserving recipient.
Shockley, owner of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub on the Boardwalk, was a founding member of the Boardwalk Development Association, implementing $5 million in Boardwalk improvements, and president of the Ocean City Development Corporation and the Ocean City Hotel-Motel- Restaurant Association. During that presidency, he helped conceive performance based funding for tourism advertising through a dedicated visitor-generated room tax.
He has served on the board of the Restaurant Association of Maryland and he is chairman of the Tourism Advisory Board.
He also provided meeting space, food and his time to help make the inaugural Susan B. Komen race a success.
Shockley is also serving his second three-year term as chairman on the Maryland Tourism Board.
Only two other Ocean City businessmen, Lenny Berger of the Clarion Resort Fountainebleau Hotel, and Michael James, managing partner of the Carousel, have chaired that board.
“We’ve been able to work for Ocean City at the state level,” Shockley said.
He could not pick one achievement of which he is most proud.
“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the city and in tourism and each thing built upon the next,” he said. “It’s the body of work I’m proud of.”
The Paul Hazard Award was last presented in 2005 to Amy Rothermel.
The award is named after Paul Hazard, one of the original Ocean City Hotel- Motel-Restaurant Association members when the association was reorganized in 1971.
Owner of the Stardust Motel, which is no longer in existence, Hazard was elected president in 1973, but passed away before he could serve.
The board of directors voted to pay tribute to Hazard by establishing the award in his name to honor an association member for his service to that organization, but who was also an outstanding citizen in the community.
There have been only 18 recipients during the association’s existence.