National Tourism Foundation
Announces 2004 Board of Trustees
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2004) -- Roland Kreps, retired
manager of group sales for United Airlines Inc., will
serve as chair of the 2004 National Tourism Foundation
Board of Trustees. In the position, which became effective
January 1, Kreps will lead the Foundation’s board of
trustees in its efforts to support education and research
contributing to the values of travel and tourism.
Other officers on the Foundation’s executive committee
were elected following the September 2003 board meeting in
Memphis, Tenn. Their tenure also began this month. They
are Marilyn Bell, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, vice
chair, and Chris Shepler, Shepler’s MacKinac Island Ferry,
secretary/treasurer. In addition, Kevin Brewer, Memphis
Convention & Visitors Bureau, will serve on the 2004
board’s executive committee as immediate past chair.
Elected as trustees were Ed Hall, CTP, Greater Rochester
Visitors Association, who has served the Foundation in
various capacities, including as chairman; Ted Nelson,
Hospitality Tours; and Dr. Robert O’Halloran, Kemmons
Wilson School of Hospitality, University of Memphis.
Liz Gilbert with Spirit Cruises in New York City and Patty
Janes, an education leader from Central Michigan
University were recently elected to complete the unexpired
terms of Linda Fort, CTP, CTIS and Larry Sekuler, CTP.
Returning to serve as trustees in 2004 are Becky Casey,
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.; John D. Hunt,
Ph.D., Hunt & Hunt; Ripley Hunter, GET Travel Corporation;
John Shaffer, Luray Caverns; and Mitch Sussman, CTP, Starr
Chairman Kreps has appointed Carl Little, Salt Lake City
CVB as a trustee-at-large. Little will serve a two-year
The National Tourism Foundation is a nonprofit
organization that supports research and education in
travel and tourism. Since 1982, the National Tourism
Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to travel
and tourism students in the form of grants, scholarships
and awards. For more information, contact the Foundation
at 800-682-8886 or visit www.ntfonline.org.