January 30, 2014

For more information:
Jacob Schmidt
360-750-1553 Ext.519



VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office is pleased to announce its board of directors and officers for 2014. The board of directors is comprised of professionals from local hotels, attractions, restaurants, facilities and government officials who are responsible for building community-wide support for the tourism industry in Clark County.

For the 2014 term, Kari Jonassen, general manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton, assumes the position of board chair. Paul Thornton, general manager of Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will fulfill the role of vice chair, and Carla Rise, general manager of Residence Inn by Marriott, has been elected secretary/treasurer. New directors include Vancouver Farmers Market Executive Director Jordan Boldt and Clark County Event Center and Fairgrounds Executive Director and CEO John Morrison.

Returning directors for 2014 are as follows:

Jan Bader: City of Vancouver, program & policy development manager

Kimberly Bennett: Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, president & CEO

Alison Hite: Marriott SpringHill Suites Portland Vancouver, general manager

Brian McClary: Heathman Lodge, director of operations

Kelly Sills: Clark County, economic development manager

Elson Strahan: Fort Vancouver National Trust, president & CEO

Eric Walters: Hilton Vancouver Washington, general manager

Melinda Wulf: Phoenix Inn and Suites, general manager

About Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office
The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office 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 also markets the area as a venue for sports events through the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission. The Regional Tourism Office's mission is to increase visitor spending in Vancouver and Clark County. For more information call 360-750-1553, or visit

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