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MTA has the honor of recognizing some of our outstanding members each year. All of the awards are selected by the Nominations Committee and are presented at the Annual Convention in September.


Gary Langley Memorial

Worker of the Year Award

The Gary Langley Memorial Worker of the Year Award is sponsored by the Tavern Times to recognize the employees who work so hard to make the hospitality industry great. One winner will be selected by the MTA Nominations Committee to receive this prestigious award. They will be presented a plaque and $100 at the Awards Banquet, Sep 19th in Missoula at the Annual Convention. 2018 Nominations Deadline: August 17th

Nomination Form


Durkee Award

The Durkee Award was created in 1997 to be “presented to one person, either posthumously or to a living soul, in recognition of their outstanding service, unselfish contributions of time and effort and dedication to the betterment of the Montana Tavern Association, it’s members and goals.”

The award is in honor of MTA’s late executive director, Marie Durkee, and her husband Bob, who advocated for association members as our lobbyist.

To nominate, please submit a written nomination, outlining how your nominee fits the criteria of the award. Nominations can be for one person or a couple working together to achieve these goals. Nominations can come from MTA members, employees, or community members.  Nomination deadline: August 17, 2018.

The MTA Nominating Committee will review the submissions and the recipient will be presented the honor at the Awards Banquet at the Annual Convention.

Past recipients of the Durkee Award

Nomination Form


Retailer of the Year Award (ROTY)

Each year the American Beverage Licensees (ABL) allows each state to select a member to be presented the ROTY award. “The Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize and honor our members – those individuals who serve as the face of the beverage alcohol industry to the consumer,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “When selecting these members for their awards, there are numerous aspects of small business ownership that are taken into account; among these are: excellence in advocacy, responsible sales and service practices, community engagement, and their support of their state affiliate.”

The national award is first presented at the ABL Annual Meeting in March and then presented at the state level at MTA's September Annual Convention. 

Past recipients of the ROTY Award