JUST IN: EVANSVILLE-VANDERBURGH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU APPOINTS JAMES WOOD NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

first_imgThe CVB is excited to announce the hiring of James Wood (“Jim”) as incoming President and CEO. An extensive nationwide search guided by an executive search firm and local committee was conducted in recruiting Jim.John Chaszar, the CVB’s Commission President stated, “We were encouraged that through the national search process we were able to find someone with Jim’s experience and tenure in the industry. Our CVB has seen Evansville’s occupancy and room rates grow over the last decade with a keen focus on youth sports, including investments at the Deaconess Sports Park and Goebel Soccer Complex. With the nearing completion of I-69 and recent Old National Events Plaza investments, the meeting and convention business is also poised to grow. We are confident that Jim will bring the energy, skills and knowledge necessary to keep our momentum moving forward for years to come. We look forward to Jim leading our team, with an anticipated start date of January 15, 2020.”Wood comes to Evansville with extensive managerial and sales experience in the Louisville, Providence, Atlantic City, and Tampa markets, as well as with the Marriott hotels. Jim is well known in the industry and has been active with many trade organizations. He has exhibited skills of building consensus within a collaborative environment, as well as working from a strategic plan. Jim is a doer and a very productive individual. He takes tasks with enthusiasm and accomplishes a lot. He is a salesperson at heart and by trade. Jim’s willingness to understand what others are trying to achieve is what helps him find creative solutions to any situation set before him. Wood’s knowledge of events extends past hosting events, as he has also overseen the operations of destination businesses nationally, as well as in this Ohio River Valley. He was seeking a midwestern middle-market destination and Evansville was fortunate to be looking to recruit just such an experienced leader. “I want to thank the commission and the many community leaders whom I met during the selection process for putting the destination marketing of Evansville in my hands,” said Wood. “I am thrilled to be named President and CEO of the CVB. Evansville is a dynamic community that I am excited to use my skills and abilities to continue to grow the region on the strong foundation that is in place. I was particularly impressed with the community’s charming destination and finding it that is poised to grow. Evansville’s central location, convention and gaming facilities, its sports market, and position at Indiana’s 3rd largest city make it a strong foundation for growth of the destination market. As well, continuing tourism industry growth boosts the community quality of life not just for visitors the tourism industry employs, but also for the region’s residents.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Kalinago Marketing Tools & Home Stay Programme

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Kalinago Marketing Tools & Home Stay Programme by: – November 25, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Roseau, Dominica — In an effort to improve the marketability of the Carib Territory, a major component of Dominica’s tourism product, Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Kalinago community have upgraded and expanded a Kalinago website (www.kalinagoterritory.com), produced a brochure which includes all the sites and attractions of the Territory as well as its history/culture and developed a Kalinago Home Stay Programme. The Host Homes will be private, owner occupied residencies which will provide simple accommodation for a modest fee to be arranged by the Coordinator of the programme, the Manager of the Kalinago Barana Autê. Hosts will be residents of the Kalinago Territory who enjoy meeting people and are willing and prepared to share their culture with others. The home stay programme is designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the rich and unique heritage of Dominica’s first settlers, the Kalinago People while at the same time, provide greater opportunities for the residents of the community to benefit from the tourism sector. The Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Kalinago Barana Autê of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs will launch the promotional material and the home stay programme on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2:30pm at the Kalinago Barana Aute, Salybia. To mark the occasion, the Kalinago Chief, the Kalinago Council, Parliamentary Representative for the constituency, the Local Government Department, Kalinago home stay providers and other Kalinago stakeholders will be present at the event. The brochure and website will be showcased and the Karina Cultural Group will celebrate the event with a performance. Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritylast_img read more

David Leroy “Hap” Chandler

first_imgMr. David Leroy “Hap” Chandler, age 78, of Cross Plains, Indiana; Hap as he was known by many people entered this life on July 27, 1940 on Graham Road near Madison, Indiana. He was the oldest of seven children born to the late Thurman and Mable McGee Chandler. David’s family moved to Cross Plains shortly after his birth and that is where he grew up and was a 1958 graduate of the Cross Plains High School. He furthered his education attending one year at Ball State University. On November 28, 1959, he married Anita McCauley in Dewberry, Indiana. This happy union of nearly 60 years was blessed with two sons, Timothy and Jeff. David and Anita moved immediately to Cross Plains, Indiana where he lived the rest of his life. David was a founding member of and a lifelong member of the Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club, a forty-year member of Canaan Masonic Lodge No. 581 F. & A.M. serving as secretary of the lodge in Canaan, Indiana. David served as chairman of the Democratic Party in Ripley County, Indiana for a period of seven years. He was a member of the 40 & 8, the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 for 33 years, the American Legion Post No. 292 for 34 years, and a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Post No. 2018 and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. In 1960 David began working for the Monsanto Chemical Company; he worked there for 35 years in production and as a mechanic. He was vice-president of Local 561 Chemical Workers Union for a number of years. David was baptized into Christ and became a member of the Salem Christian Church in Cross Plains, now the Cross Plains Church of Christ. He loved his country, community, UK Wildcats, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved buying and selling “articles too numerous” to mention and set up every spring and fall at the Friendship Flea Market for over 40 years. He believed in strongly and held dear to his heart the family farm, his family and his friends. He had always said that he wanted to “live respected and die regretted.” He had owned the Cross Plains Mill for many years and set and waved from the porch daily for many years. David died on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 10:15 a.m. at the River Terrace Health Campus in downtown Madison, Indiana.A LOVING FAMILYDavid will be missed by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Anita McCauley Chandler of Cross Plains, Indiana; his loving son, Jeff Chandler and his wife, Robin of Cross Plains, Indiana; his beloved grandsons, Timothy Chandler and his wife, Erin of Madison, Indiana, Charlie Chandler of Cross Plains, Indiana, Dylan Chandler and his wife, Laura of Cross Plains, Indiana; his adoring great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Austin, Harper, Cooper, Hudson, Emily, and Lincoln; his sisters, Wanda Powell of Tams, Illinois, Judy Cole of Madison, Indiana, Jean Tipton of Kent, Indiana, Sharon Turner of Bedford, Kentucky; his brothers, Keith Chandler and his wife, Benna of Kent, Indiana, Steve Chandler and his wife, Linda of Cross Plains, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Chandler, died August 14, 1979, his mother, Mable Ruth McGee Chandler, died December 14, 2006, his son, Timothy David Chandler, died April 24, 2013, his daughter in law, Vicki Chandler, died August 9, 2008, and his granddaughter, Emma Faith Chandler, died September. 23, 2006.FUNERAL CEREMONYFuneral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Bro. Randy Thieman at the Cross Plains Church of Christ, 2462 E. County Road 1050 South near Cross Plains, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains, Indiana.VISITATIONFriends may visit Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Cross Plains Church of Christ, 2462 E. County Road 1050 South near Cross Plains, Indiana.MASONIC SERVICEA Masonic service will be conducted on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, by Canaan Masonic Lodge No. 581 F. & A.M.MEMORIAL EXPRESSIONSMemorial contributions may be made to the Salem Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.comlast_img read more

Okowa Inaugurates Task Force on Irregular Migration

first_imgBy Chinedu Eze The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has inaugurated a 17-man task force to check human trafficking and irregular migration in the state, with the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Barrister Peter Mrakpor, as Chairman. The inauguration of the task force by Okowa in Asaba, recently, was witnessed by the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs Julie Okah-Donli. In his comment, Mrakpor, thanked the governor for the opportunity given him and his team to serve  the state and humanity.“We will do our best to carry out our functions without fear or favour,” he said. Other members of the task force are Nduka Nwanwenne, Omatsola Williams, Patrick Ukah, Mercy Almona-Isei, Genevieve Mordi, Commissioner of Police, Yinka Adeleke, M.N. Otubu, Ibrahim Liman, Ameh Ocheja,         Benito Eze, Charles Oliogu, Daniel Usifor, Azuka Onyebo, Julius Olomukoro, Carolyn  Usikpedo and Felix Ofou.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said the inauguration of a task force became necessary because of the rising number of trafficked persons from the state. “We are very worried as a state that we occupy high position among the states affected by human trafficking and irregular migration; we are committed as a state to stem the tide that is why we are setting up this serious task force. “We need to reach out to our people and discourage them from seeking greener pastures that do not exists; irregular migration and human trafficking are evils that have visited our state and it must be checked.  “We will need to get the church, the traditional institution, the youths, all relevant groups to be involved; we need partners for the message to get to a lot of persons within the shortest possible time to check irregular migration and human trafficking,” he stated. While stressing his administration’s preparedness to carry out reintegration programmes for those who return, Okowa assured the state indigenes that, “We have chosen the right set of persons to be members of the task force and we congratulate them believing that they will carry out their functions diligently.” Also speaking at the occasion, Okah-Donli commended Okowa for his determination to check human trafficking and irregular migration.She enjoined the members not to see the task force as money making venture. “The task force is not a money making venture but, a service to humanity. It is expected that the task force will use the platform to prevent human trafficking, support and protect trafficked persons through a more coordinated approach in the state; develop strategies and state action plans on counter-trafficking issues, carry out programmes for effective reintegration of trafficked victims into the society, work with the state Ministry of Justice on how to protect, assist and provide access to justice for victims of trafficking, among others.”last_img read more