January 5, 2010 
Contact: Kim Bennett, President 
              Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau 
                     (360) 750-1553 - Vancouver, Washington 

Vancouver, Wash. - Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the newly elected directors and officers of their 2010 Board of Directors.  Effective January 1, 2010, Gerry Link, General Manager of Hilton Vancouver Washington, assumed the position of Immediate Past Chair.  Alison Hite, General Manager of SpringHill Suites, assumed the position of Board Chair. Carla Rise, General Manager for Residence Inn, assumed the position of Vice Chair, and Brian McClary, Director of Operations for The Heathman Lodge, will continue in the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Jayson Zimmer, General Manager of Staybridge Suites and Patrick Quinlan, General Manager of The Red Lion at the Quay joined the Board as newly elected directors. The 2010 Board of Directors is as follows: 
Jan Bader 
City of Vancouver 
Kim Bennett 
Southwest Washington Convention 
& Visitors Bureau
Dan Himes 
McGrath's Fish House 
Alison Hite 
SpringHill Suites by Marriott 
Kari Jonassen 
Homewood Suites 
Justin Kobluk 
Clark County Event Center 
Gerry Link 
Hilton Vancouver Washington & 
Vancouver Convention Center  
Brian McClary 
The Heathman Lodge 
Patrick Quinlan 
Red Lion Hotel at the Quay 
Carla Rise 
Residence Inn by Marriott
Kelly Sills 
Clark County  
Cindee Stinton-Brown 
Phoenix Inn Suites 
Elson Strahan 
Fort Vancouver National Trust 
Jayson Zimmer 
Staybridge Suites 
About the SWCVB:    
The Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization
responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers.  The SWCVB is located at 101 E 8 th Street, Suite 240, Vancouver, WA 98660.  You can reach the Bureau at 360-750-1553, or via e-mail at  You can also visit them on the web at