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Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association Announces New Board Members December 15, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in ICVA Business.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Following its recent annual board meeting, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) has announced the election of new board members and its slate of officers for 2009.

“We are delighted to have such an exceptional group of people joining us in our commitment to making Indianapolis one of the country’s premier conventions, meetings and tourism destinations,” said ICVA Board Chair Jerry Semler.

New to the ICVA board are:

  • Tanya Bell, president and CEO, Indiana Black Expo;
  • Pete Ward, senior executive vice president, Indianapolis Colts;
  • Nick Weber, deputy mayor, City of Indianapolis.

Officers for 2009 are:

  • Chair, Jerry D. Semler, American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company;
  • First Vice Chair, Michael G. Browning, Browning Investments, Inc.;
  • Second Vice Chair, Thomas W. Jernstedt, National Collegiate Athletic Association;
  • Secretary, Ellen R. Saul, Maribeth Smith & Associates;
  • Treasurer, William G. Mays, Mays Chemical Company, Inc.;
  • President & CEO, Donald P. Welsh, ICVA.

Re-elected to the board are:

  • Gerald L. Bepko, Indiana University/IUPUI; 
  • Anton H. “Tony” George, Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 
  • William Shrewsberry, Shrewsberry Associates;
  • Fay H.  Williams, attorney;
  • Donald P. Welsh, ICVA.

New ex-officio board members are:

  • Greg Charleston, Arts Council of Indianapolis;
  • Roland Dorson, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce;
  • Susan Williams, Indiana Sports Corporation;
  • Phil Ray, Omni Severin, Greater Indianapolis Hotel  & Lodging Association.

The mission of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is to advance Indianapolis tourism and economic growth.  The ICVA seeks to increase the number of visitors and their financial impact, expand positive perception of Indianapolis and positively influence the visitor experience.  According to a Global Insight report, in partnership with D.K. Shifflet & Associates, 21.9 million visitors annually provide $3.56 billion in total annual economic impact of tourism on the Indianapolis economy resulting in 66,621 full-time equivalent employment positions in the hospitality industry.

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