Member & Volunteer of the Year + New Board Announced at OVRCC Annual Meeting
The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce (OVRCC) announced the 2019 Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at the recent 62nd Annual Meeting held at Okemo Mountain Resort. New Chamber Board of Directors were also welcomed at the event.
The Golden Stage Inn was selected as the 2019 Member of the Year. Innkeeper Julie-Lynn Wood was thanked for her efforts leading the annual INNdulgence Tour and the Vermont Golden Honey Festival events. She currently serves as the chair of the Chamber Marketing Committee. In addition, her support as the former Chamber Board President during this transition year with a new Chamber Executive Director was also acknowledged.
Tom Gianola of Echo Lake Inn was honored as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. He currently serves as Chamber Board President and his support during this transition year was also acknowledged.
The following new Board Members were welcomed: Nicole Carlson of Green Mountain Railroad in Burlington & Chester, Scott Duffy of Rockledge Farm Woodworks in Weathersfield, Bonnie MacPhearson of Okemo Mountain/Vail Resorts in Ludlow and Sarah Sheehan of William Raveis Vermont Properties in Ludlow.
Wendy Knight the Vermont Commissioner of Tourism was guest speaker and she highlighted new trends in the hospitality sector. Karen Ballard of the Vermont Tourism Network shared new opportunities for Okemo Valley with the tour bus industry as well.
Chamber Director Carol Lighthall informed attendees about progress in the past year including a financial update and welcoming 28 new members who joined the chamber in 2018-19. She also announced the recent acquisition of Okemo Magazine which will now be know as Okemo Valley Magazine and introduced the new magazine team. In addition, event sponsors Heritage Family Credit Union and The Vermont Country Store. were thanked for their support.
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