NCC “Laugh Safe” Creator Honored By NYS Tourism Industry Association

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JAMESTOWN – The man behind the National Comedy Center’s COVID-19 safety protocols is being recognized for his efforts.

The New York State Tourism Industry Association presented Dallas Thurn with the Excellence in Young Professional Leadership award.

Thurn was recognized for his role in the reopening of the National Comedy Center last year after its 16-week closure due to COVID-19, including the development and implementation of the center’s health and safety program, “LaughSafe.”

Thurn’s responsibilities include managing museum operations, supervising front line staff and training for both the NCC and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.

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He also oversees all information technology for the organization, including the ticketing system and customer relationship management platform.

A Chautauqua County native originally from Little Valley, Thurn graduated from Jamestown Business College and began his tourism career as an intern at the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in 2013.


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