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National Tourism Foundation Announces 2004 Board of Trustees

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 Tours. Chairman Kreps has appointed Carl Little, Salt Lake City CVB as a trustee-at-large. Little will serve a two-year term. 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.