First and foremost, thank you to all our members for attending our annual membership meeting in May. We had a great time in Staunton, Va. discussing tourism, learning, and celebrating. During our time in the Shenandoah Valley, we voted on and welcomed several new board members.
However, before I go any further into listing those new individuals, I’d like to take one last opportunity to put into writing my sincerest thanks to Debbie Donehey, Griffin Tavern, for giving so much of her time in the previous two years as the chairwoman of the board for VRLTA. Her leadership and guidance were instrumental to our successes over the last two years. We were very lucky to have her leading the way.
With that in mind, one of the new members to our board is our new chairman of the board, Randy Thompson. Randy is president and publisher of VistaGraphics. He has been a supplier member of our association since the mid-90s, and we welcome his expertise in helping to shape our association over the next few years. The following positions were also newly elected to the board of directors during the annual membership meeting:

Chairman of the Board – Randy Thompson, Vista Graphics
Vice Chairman of the Board – Brad Capps, The Breakers Resort Inn
Secretary – Matt Simmons, Capital Ale House
Treasurer – Debbie Stocks, Your Benefits Partner, LLC

Component Presidents
Robert Reed – SMI Hotel Group, Virginia Hotel & Lodging Association
Bill Gambrell – Doc Taylor’s & Tautog’s, Virginia Restaurant Association
Mary Fugere – Hampton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Virginia Travel Association
Nancy Perry – InterExchange, Virginia Hospitality Suppliers Association

Elected Directors
Charles Friend – Homewood Suites Woodbridge, Northern Virginia
Katherine O’Donnell – Richmond Region Tourism, Central-Southern Virginia

Directors at Large
Virginia Restaurant Association – Jim Wordsworth, J.R.’s Stockyards Inn

With several new board members in place, we look toward to the next chapter, as well as a handful of upcoming events. Please keep an eye out for more information on our “Cornhole for Colleges” series in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Norfolk. These fun cornhole tournaments offer great networking opportunities and help raise funds for the VRLTA Education Foundation. Also ahead, our annual fall meeting and ordinary awards dinner will be held at The Westin Richmond, October 1-3. Nominations are now being accepted through August 25, a deadline that is sure to sneak up quickly. Finally, we head to Norfolk November 12-14 for the 2017 VA-1 Tourism Summit. We hope to see you at one or all of these events in the coming months.

Yours in Hospitality, Eric

By Eric D. Terry

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