The wedding industry would be nothing without passion—both the passion of the wedding couples and the passion of wedding planners, consultants and vendors whose goals include making the wedding day a testament to love. Miss Dorothy Penner, MBC™, a long-time Association of Bridal Consultant (ABC) member from Louisville, Ky., knew and embodied this. She was also a firm believer in continuing education and the annual conference, which is why she established the Miss Dorothy Scholarship. The scholarship allows two ABC members to attend annual conference each year and covers registration fees and a stipend.
Penner passed away in 1998 and the Association of Bridal Consultants chose to honor her legacy with the Miss Dorothy Penner Heart Award for Passion and Excellence to the Wedding Industry. Started the year before her death, it is the only award the ABC bestows.
This is not a monetary award, but it is the most prestigious recognition that ABC presents each year at the ABC Annual Conference. John Goolsby was busy filming the event and was totally surprised when his name was announced as the recipient of this award in the Sandal’s Royal Bahamian Ballroom in Nassau, Bahamas at the 2019 ABC World of Weddings Conference.
Miss Dorothy said, “You have to have heart, and plan weddings with a passion so strong it becomes you. You must live, breathe, eat and sleep this industry.”
John currently serves as the ABC State Manager for California, Nevada and Hawaii.