PADUCAH, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2012) – Mary Hammond, executive director of the Paducah McCracken County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been elected 2012 president of the Kentucky Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (KACVB). Hammond took office at the Dec. 7, 2011, meeting in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
KACVB is a not-for-profit organization that meets quarterly throughout the commonwealth. The organization’s goal is to improve public awareness and understanding of the convention and visitors industry’s economic and social contribution to society and to monitor and influence government policies and programs affecting the industry.
“My goal as president of KACVB is to help us learn from one another,” says Hammond. “We all can grow by sharing industry best practices through forums and personal interactions among our members.” Through KACVB, destination marketing organizations communicate and work with sister organizations including the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, the Kentucky Hospitality & Lodging Association and the Kentucky Restaurant Association.
Hammond will serve as president of KACVB throughout the year and will conclude her appointment at the Dec. 5-7, 2012, meeting, which will be held in Paducah.
2012 KACVB Officers include Vice President – Sandra Wilson, Hart County Tourist Commission; Secretary – Vicki Fitch, Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Treasurer – Carolyn Mounce, Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Paducah residents reside over three Kentucky organizations in 2012
In addition to Hammond’s appointment as president of KACVB, two other Paducah residents hold leading roles in prominent state organizations. Leadership Kentucky, the premier statewide leadership development organization, announced on January 4 that Jim Conn of Commercial Door & Hardware was elected to serve as chair of its 2012 Board of Directors. Additionally, Mayor Bill Paxton took office as the Kentucky League of Cities President in October 2011.