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Innsbrook Announces Kevin Corn as New Head Golf Pro
Innsbrook Resort recently announced the addition of Kevin Corn as its new PGA Head Golf Professional.
Corn’s experience includes two years as the head golf pro and eight years as first assistant at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis, one year at the Peninsula Club in North Carolina, and five years at award-winning resorts in Myrtle Beach, S.C., including the Legends Golf Resort and Wild Wing Plantation. He received his PGA status at age 22 and was at one time the youngest Class A PGA professional in the country.
“Innsbrook is an incredible facility and I am honored to be the new Head Golf Professional,” said Corn. “The entire golf staff is committed to providing a first-class golf experience to everyone who comes out to play. Whether it is a veteran golfer or a beginner, we will offer an enjoyable atmosphere to play golf in this beautiful setting.”
Kevin created, implemented, and currently runs the Junior Golf Program at Ranken-Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the only hospital in the country that provides rehabilitation and subacute medical treatment for children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Corn has received several awards recently for his work and dedication to this program.
“The golf program at Ranken Jordan is very, very special to me,” said Corn. “May 10 marks our three year anniversary and to date we have positively impacted the lives of over 1,700 kids and their families. From something as simple as putting a smile on the face of a 5-year-old girl to watching a 13-year-old boy take the first steps of his life up to a putting green, the weekly golf clinics are very inspirational and humbling.”
Kevin resides in O’Fallon, Mo. His life in golf started when his father first put a golf club in his hands.
“I was 5 years old and I was hooked,” said Corn. “A reasonably successful junior career and a love for teaching the game – this part instilled by parents, who worked in education – led me to pursue golf as a career. I went to Coastal Carolina University and earned a marketing degree with an emphasis on golf management, while at the same time completing my required PGA education and earning membership with the PGA of America.”
That’s not the only change that has come to the Innsbrook Golf Course in 2014. In January, Innsbrook contracted with Walter’s Golf Management to manage its course.
“Kevin is a respected PGA Class A golf professional,” said Lucy Mitchell, Walter’s Golf Management President Principal Partner. “He’s thrilled to be a part of the Innsbrook family and looks forward to providing Innsbrook property owners and daily fee golfers a fun and enjoyable experience.”
Innsbrook’s 18-hole public championship golf course is carved out of the rolling wooded hillsides of eastern Missouri. It offers dramatic elevation changes and scenic views, challenging low handicappers from the back tees as well as high handicappers and ladies from the forward tees.
Learn more about the course and book tee times online at www.innsbrook-resort.com/golf.
Innsbrook’s scenic 7,500 acres are located just 45 minutes west of St. Louis and include recreational and residential properties, a conference center, restaurant, 18-hole public golf course, and more than 100 lakes. Families, couples, and individuals come to Innsbrook for homes, corporate meetings, weddings, family activities, and vacations from all over the country.
metroConnections Welcomes New Marketing and Public Relations Manager
metroConnections, Inc. – an award-winning conference, event, stage production and transportation services firm – has announced Jana Lee Schmid as the new marketing and public relations manager.
With more than eight years of marketing, design and promotional advertising experience, Schmid joins metroConnections to fulfill the marketing and public relations manager duties. In her new role, she will be responsible for executing and managing budgets for marketing plan projects, as well as maintaining and supervising marketing and sales databases. Further, Schmid will oversee marketing collateral inventory and participate in all aspects of each of the four metroConnections business unit services.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from the University of Colorado Boulder.
According to Tom McCulloch, Vice President of metroConnections, Schmid was selected for her broad range of industry knowledge and integrated marketing and branding experience. “Jana’s diverse marketing background in publishing, commercial real estate and software led us to select her as the newest addition to our exceptional talent at metroConnections. I believe Jana will make great strides in promoting our ‘one-stop-shop’ integrated services across the landscape of conferences and events.” said McCulloch.
Since 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. With annual revenue of $15 million, the company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. and produces more than 1,400 programs per year. The metroConnections team uses its expertise and resources to specialize in the design and implementation of themed events, stage productions, transportation, tours and conference program logistics and meetings. metroConnections also offers audio/visual and production services and is the creator of Attend-eSource®, a web-based solution that includes elements such as online registration and custom-built event websites. For information on planning conferences, events, stage productions, transportation logistics or group/companion tours, contact metroConnections at 612-333-8687 or visit www.metroconnections.com.
Kansas City CVA Welcomes Two New Managers
The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association (KCCVA) is pleased to announce two new staff members:
Clint Ferguson joins the convention sales team as a national accounts manager for the medical, technology and entrepreneurial markets. Bringing with him more than 14 years of experience in the hotel industry, Clint comes to the KCCVA from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where he served as an account director for the Westin and Sheraton hotels at Crown Center. A native of Maryville, Mo., Clint’s diverse background also includes positions with Hilton Garden Inn, Wyndham Garden Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, where he worked for more than 10 years. He can be reached at 816-691-3821 or email@example.com.
Also new to the KCCVA is April Jackson, who joins the organization’s destination services team as a partnership development manager. April will be responsible for KCCVA membership recruitment and partnership sales opportunities, such as digital advertising on VisitKC.com. Prior to joining the organization, April served as a senior recruiter for Robert Half International, the world’s largest specialized staffing firm. A graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, April’s background also includes management and sales positions with SkillPath Seminars, Falcon Properties and Bushnell Performance Optics, as well as 13 years with Hallmark Cards. April can be reached at 816-691-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KCCVA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service for convention and tourism industries, the KCCVA supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion annually. For more information about the organization, go to VisitKC.com.
Meet Minneapolis’ Melvin Tennant named chair, Religious Conference Management Association Board of Directors
The Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) Board of Directors has elected Melvin Tennant, CAE, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association, as their new board chair as of Feb. 3. Tennant replaces Dr. Melvin L. Worthington, CMP, who served as RMCA’s board chair since 2011. Tennant’s elected chairmanship marks the first time a supplier (in this case, a destination marketing organization) has served in this role during RCMA’s 42-year history, a role that is typically filled by a meeting or event planner.
Tennant most recently served on the RCMA board as vice chair, and previously received the RCMA’s President Award. In January 2013, due to Tennant’s leadership in the organization, RCMA held its annual EMERGE conference in Minneapolis, bringing more than 700 attendees, many meeting planners, to the destination. Since then, Meet Minneapolis has booked 26 religious association meetings for future years in Minneapolis, , including the 2015 Church of God in Christ meeting with 8,000 attendees and the United Methodist Church’s 2020 meeting with 7,000 attendees. Religious associations make up the sixth largest market segment to hold meetings in Minneapolis.
“The Meet Minneapolis Destination Sales team is looking at the sales process from all angles and focusing more on vertical markets, like the religious market," said Rob Moor, chair of the board of directors of Meet Minneapolis. “Melvin’s position in this significant industry organization will continue to be beneficial as we pursue this segment and encourage the meeting planners to consider Minneapolis for their own meetings."
RCMA is a professional, nonprofit multifaith organization, representing more than 800 diverse religious organizations and is responsible for planning 14,000 conventions, meetings, assemblies, retreats and cruises. The organization works to create an atmosphere where planners and suppliers join together to learn.
Previously, Tennant has served on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Center for Association Leadership, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the MPI Foundation, and is a past chairman of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). Tennant serves locally on the boards of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Downtown Council and YouthLink.
Tennant received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University, master’s degree in Christian Leadership Studies from Liberty University and holds an Association Executive Certification from ASAE.
ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS
Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.
Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.
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New Convention, Visitors Director Seeks to Expand Event Hosting
A student archery tournament coming to Wausau in early April is an example of one type of event the new executive director of the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is trying to attract to the area.
Richard Barrett, who started in his new role Monday, said he’s excited about the Wisconsin National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament coming to Wausau West High School April 4 and 5.
“It’s the first time we’ve had it here,” Barrett said. “It will bring 1,200 to 1,500 archers, grade school to high school. That’s the kind of things we want to expand.”
The 60-year-old Barrett, who served as the CVB’s director of sales since 2008, said he’s eager to sink his teeth into his new position.
“I’m very excited about having the opportunity,” Barrett said. “I’d like to be able to continue what we started here in Wausau.”
For the past three years, Barrett’s major responsibility with the CVB has been overseeing the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Sports Authority and the Badger State Games. That’s in addition to working with meetings, expos and conventions market segments.
Barrett was hired following a nationwide search that elicited more than 40 qualified applications, and his selection was approved unanimously by the CVB Board of Directors Feb. 12. The position had been vacant since Darien Schaefer departed in November.
“I couldn’t see who else they would have hired if it weren’t Dick,” said Jim Brown, tournament director of the Leinenkugel’s Classic pond hockey tournament. “All the people he knows in the area and all the events he’s created. He already knows the structure of everything going on and all of the intricacies of all the events he’s brought here.”
IACC-Americas Names New Millennial Board Associate
IACC-Americas President T.J. Fimmano announced the appointment of Rebeccah Ray of Bethesda, MD as IACC’s eighth Board Associate following a detailed nomination process through which IACC member properties in the United States and Canada could nominate exceptional staff members under the age of 30.
When making the appointment, Fimmano noted “We were impressed with the quality of applications we received this year for Board Associate, and Rebeccah Ray made a considerable impression as someone with passion and vision who could continue to build on the innovative contributions work of those who have held this coveted position before her.”
Rebeccah currently works for Benchmark Hospitality International as Media Coordinator at the Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, MD where she is responsible for Communications, Branding, and Employee Relations. She previously served as a Sales & Marketing Intern for Benchmark Hospitality at the French Lick Resort Casino in French Lick, IN. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Rebeccah is the recipient of Benchmark Hospitality’s Chairman’s Award of Excellence.
Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence is a 300,000-square-foot conference center and lodging facility located adjacent to the Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, MD and supports the company’s training courses, business meetings, and conferences. The center, which has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver certification, includes a 250-seat amphitheater, eight large training rooms, 18 conference rooms, full-service restaurant, and a fitness center.
Since 2007, the IACC Board Associate role has evolved to become a coveted position in the conference center segment among a younger up-and-coming generation eager for a voice in the evolution of the meetings experience. The non-voting, 18-month advisory role will allow Rebeccah the opportunity to advise the Board on emerging trends as well as attending and participating in Board meetings. The Board Associate also sits on active committees and task forces such as Emerging Trends, Sustainability and Leadership Development. She will attend and participate in IACC’s 33th annual conference at Pacific Palms Resort in Los Angeles, CA in March and will report to the Board on his observations and experiences at the end of her term.
The IACC Mission Statement: The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities.
The IACC Vision: “IACC is a community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.”
Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centres is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference centre industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, and the Philippines. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org. “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”
Staff Updates at the Springfield, IL Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Springfield CVB has hired Kristen Chenoweth as its new Digital Marketing Manager. Kristen will be responsible for the CVB’s social media marketing, website and the SCVB customer relationship management system. She previously worked in higher education and the pharmaceutical medical supply field. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Alicia Erickson was recently named the new Marketing and Communications Manager for the bureau. She will focus on leisure tourism marketing efforts for the city, including advertising and working with travel media. She has been at the SCVB for 12 years and previously served as a Convention Sales Manager and the International Program Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.