Congratulations to the 2013
STAR award nominees
One Star nominee will be selected for the
Ron Higgins Memorial Award
presented at the
2013 Awards Gala
in November 19, 2013
JAMES "Hollywood Ron" Higgins
January 12, 1965 - June 14, 2010
The Ron Higgins Memorial Award was established and first presented at the
SDBA Celebration of Service Luncheon, November 2010
Ron HIggins epitomized outstanding customer service! He was known and loved by tourists as well as local people. He knew "everyone" in Savannah and called them by name.
Anywhere you went downtown, sooner or later you were bound to get a glimpse of Ron Higgins' Savannah Movie Tours luxury coach. He drove the air-conditioned 16-seater nearly every day of the year, and on the back was the iconic image from Forrest Gump, slightly altered: The man in the white suit, perched on a bus-stop bench and looking off into the distance, was Ron Higgins himself. also affectionately known as
"Hollywood Ron!" He loved that picture. He was very proud that he'd thought up the idea
Ideas, in fact, were Ron Higgins' stock-in-trade. He never seemed to run out of them - and, unlike so many of us, he turned most of his ideas into reality.
When he died of an apparent heart attack June 14, at the age of 45, Ron Higgins was one of Savannah's most successful entrepreneurs.
Ron was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2006: Most Unique Business by the City of Savannah's Entrepreneur Center, Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 from Cumulus Broadcasting, and Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 from the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.
"He loved this city and did everything he could to make it better for tourism," said Joe Marinelli, president of the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, adding that Higgins served on the board of directors of the CVB and volunteered for numerous task forces
Within hours of the news that Higgins had died unexpectedly, his Facebook page was overflowing with messages and tributes from friends, family - and people who'd only met him once or twice.
That was all it ever took. Ron made an immediate, and permanent, impression. That was his gift.
SDBA President, Ruel Joyner,
recognizing Ron Higgins,
at the June 2010 Celebration on the Square!