SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. — ShelbyKY Tourism & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors named Ray Tucker its new chairman Thursday. Tucker will take over for long-time Chairman Justin Sewell who is retiring after serving seven years as board chair, as well as three terms on the board (nine years total).
“To say I’m proud of the board, its director and staff is an understatement,” said Sewell. “We’ve partnered with many organizations and events, experienced hotel growth, brought restaurant support into the fold and helped changed laws so new bourbon distilleries could add visitor destinations to local and regional tourism. The future of ShelbyKY is bright, and I’ll continue to support tourism in this great community.”
New Chairman Tucker said, “I embrace the leadership of Sewell and will continue to make this commission stronger to showcase our great county and what we have to offer to visitors now and into the future. I appreciate the support of the commission members in trusting my leadership abilities to guide the group in our county’s progress and continued growth of tourist attractions.”
Another new face on the board is a well-known name in the culinary scene. Chef David Danielson has been appointed to the board of directors to fulfill the Simpsonville at-large seat. Danielson is the owner and chef of Simpsonville’s Old Stone Inn and Churchill Downs’ executive chef.
The ShelbyKy Tourism Commission promotes Shelbyville, Simpsonville and Shelby County to leisure, business, group and international visitors by providing oversight, strategic initiatives, long-range vision and advocacy.
ShelbyKY Tourism Executive Director Katie Fussenegger spoke about the evolution of the bureau under Sewell’s tenure, “His leadership throughout what was, largely the most evolving part of our bureau’s existence, has been greatly appreciated. I very much look forward to the new vision of Mr. Tucker and know that he will expand upon the extraordinary journey as the commission moves forward.”