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COMMUNITY NEWS NTA members are indicated in bold text. Do you have news you’d like to share with the NTA membership? Please send it to Gabe Webb, Courier writer, at Vlamings named new Tourism Cares CEO Tourism Cares appointed Paula Vlamings as its new CEO in March. Vlamings has a history of launching successful social impact initiatives, and Tourism Cares Board Chairman Derek Hydon said the move matches Tourism Cares’ mission. “This transition reflects both our strong growth over the last several years and our commitment to harness the power of change through travel,” said Hydon. “With new leadership and enhanced capacity in our social enter- prise development, we’ll deepen the impact of our initiatives and the value we provide our 200-plus members, our incredible partner network and the ben- eficiaries of our programs.” Vlamings is the former executive director of G Adventures’ Planeterra Foundation, and she provided senior lead- ership to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Institute at the Golden Gate. Previous CEO Mike Rea will aid in the transition and stay with the organiza- tion as its senior program advisor. “Now more than ever, it’s vital that travel and tourism providers integrate more closely with community-based organizations and conservation initia- tives to create opportunities for the people and the places our industry cares about, while working to help distribute tourism more sustainably,” said Vlamings. Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB welcomes Simon Ed Simon is the new senior vice president of convention sales and services for the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. In this role, Simon works to grow the Broward County Convention Center’s customer base and develop the DMO’s sales teams. “Ed’s market expertise, industry con- nections and sales abilities fit perfectly with our goals to aggressively promote Greater Fort Lauderdale as a top-tier convention destination and drive greater 52 April/May 2018 market share in quality meetings, group, convention and exhibition business,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the CVB. “He is a great addition to the bureau in this leadership capacity.” Simon has more than 20 years of expe- rience in tourism and hospitality. Prior to joining the CVB, he created the Association Meeting Buyers Collective, an organization for enhancing the buying power of asso- ciations. He also served as vice president of sales for Destination Hotels, where he oversaw brand-wide sales strategies for the company’s 40 properties. “With development at its peak and a growing international reputation for Greater Fort Lauderdale, the timing is ideal to launch a determined and fresh approach to group sales development,” said Simon. “I’m excited to join the innovators at the bureau to help lead a new pathway to success.” Larry and Lorna Hundt of Great Canadian Holidays receive national honor Larry and Lorna Hundt, founders of tour operator company Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches, were presented the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette, at a ceremony in February. The medal was established to rec- ognize exemplary Canadians, and the Hundts were selected for their commit- ment to promoting Canadian unity and pride. Since 1995, their company has used eye-catching graphics on its coaches to promote great Canadian women, Canadian sports achievements and other significant parts of the country’s history. Visit Oakland promotes Palma to VP of sales Visit Oakland announced Rhanee Palma as its new vice president of sales and services. Palma was previously the DMO’s director of sales, and her new role reflects increased responsibilities related to meetings and conventions business. “We’re extremely proud of Rhanee and the success she has brought to the organization under her leadership,” said Mark Everton, CEO of Visit Oakland. “The outreach, training and focus that the sales team has provided to our hotel partners has helped to build a solid relationship with the hotels’ sales departments. Rhanee has been able to leverage her experience with hotel sales to better promote Oakland through trade shows, familiarization tours and direct client contact.” Prior to joining Visit Oakland two years ago, Palma had been director of sales at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Bardstown Tourist Commission hires new executive director The Bardstown Tourist Commission hired Mike Mangeot as its execu- tive director. Mangeot began his leader- ship of the Kentucky DMO in February. Mangeot is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky, and served in the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism under Governors Paul Patton and Steve Beshear. In this role, he oversaw stra- tegic planning, budget forecasting, and the creation of marketing plans for tele- vision, print, radio and the internet. “I’m very excited to lead the tour- ism efforts for Bardstown and Nelson County,” said Mangeot. “I know firsthand the assets that Bardstown has to offer, and my goal is to work with the distill- eries, local attractions and businesses to expand upon the success and growth that you have seen over the past few years.” “Mike brings a very strong and diverse background in both tourism and eco- nomic development to the position of executive director,” said Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton. “Tourism is a major busi- ness for us, and I am confident Mike will help this industry grow and, at the same time, enhance the visitor experience here in Bardstown and Nelson County.”