December 1, 2011

For more information, contact:
(360) 750-1533 ext. 19


Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office is pleased to announce its 

newly-elected directors and officers for 2012.  Effective January 1, 2012, Brian McClary, 
director of operations for the Heathman Lodge, assumes the position of Board Chair.  Eric 
Walters, general manager of Hilton Vancouver Washington, will be Vice Chair, and Kari 
Jonassen, general manager of Homewood Suites, will be re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. 
Gary Gouger, owner of Gouger Cellars, Karen Hall, owner of the Camas Hotel, and Ryan 
Ferguson, regional operations manager at MKM Hotels, have joined the board as the newest 
elected directors.  
The returning 2012 Board of Directors are as follows:

Jan Bader
Program & Policy 
Development Manager
City of Vancouver
Justin Kobluk
Executive Director
Clark County Event Center
Carla Rise
General Manager
Residence Inn by Marriott
Kim Bennett
President and CEO
Vancouver USA Regional 
Tourism Office
Kelly Sills
Economic Development Manager
Clark County 

Elson Strahan
President and CEO
Fort Vancouver National Trust
Alison Hite
General Manager
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Joseph Mollerus
General Manager
Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
About the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office
Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office (formerly 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 
organization's mission is to promote Vancouver and Clark County by increasing convention and visitor 
business. For more information call 360-750-1553, or log on to