Nacogdoches, Texas – The Texas Forest Trail Region announced the new slate of officers and board members for the 2015 fiscal year at the 4th quarter board meeting, held September 2, in Nacogdoches. During changeover, outgoing board president Kimm Thomas, Director of Tourism and Cultural Services for the City of Huntsville welcomed Breezy Lake-Wolfe, Marketing Manager for City of Palestine as the incoming president.
“I am honored to be part of an organization that is composed of committed and talented individuals who love East Texas and have a vision for our region. The Texas Forest Trail Region is standing strong in the State of Texas and it’s only going to get better. We have great community partners who rely on each other and truly understand the importance of heritage tourism,” said Lake-Wolfe.
Outgoing President Thomas will continue to serve the executive board in an advisory capacity as Past President. Other officer appointments include Faustine Curry, Executive Director of Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce as president-elect; Carolyn Teague, Main Street Manager for the City of Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance, as secretary; and Melissa Sanford, Executive Director of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, as treasurer.
New Texas Forest Trail Region Board appointments include Conroe CVB Tourism Coordinator Sherry Morgan, Tyler CVB Marketing and Communication Director Holli Conley, and Beaumont CVB Director of Tourism Elizabeth Eddins.
Members with continuing terms of service include Gladewater Economic and Development Corporation Executive Direct Robert Johnson, Stephen F. Austin State University Hospitality Admin Program Coordinator Chay Runnels, Hughes Springs City Manager George Fite, Lynne Spivey a retired economic developer for the City of Atlanta, now residing in Tyler and Texas Parks Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Region 6 Interpretive Specialist Barbara Parmley of Flint.
“The Texas Forest Trail board is committed to the promotion and economic development of east Texas as a heritage tourism destination,“ said Texas Forest Trail Region Executive Director Marty Prince. “East Texas may be an oasis in Texas, but it is not an island. Each board member represents an area in our 35 counties and their individual contributions of time and leadership are essential to the creation of tourism initiatives that positively impact the entire region. Our 2014-2015 Board has both a depth of tourism experience and a breadth of talent. I am exited for the coming year and the opportunity to work with these outstanding community leaders in the promotion of the East Texas.”
The 12-person board includes tourism, economic development, education, and historic preservation professionals from across the heritage region representing 35 counties and communities from northeast, southeast and central east Texas.
The Texas Forest Trail Region is also pleased to announce new partner members. Partner members are vital to the Forest Trail’s mission and the region’s growth.
This year 51 partners have committed to promoting tourism in the Texas Forest Trail Region, spanning 35 counties, and invested in economic sustainability for East Texas by becoming a 2014 Partner Member. Partners join other members from throughout the region including individual attractions, visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, private businesses, and organizations dedicated to increasing tourism in East Texas.
“Our partners are the heart of what we do. They are on the front lines of east Texas tourism and inform our everyday operations, guide our ongoing initiatives and help us drive economic momentum and heritage awareness in East Texas,” Prince said. She added, “By becoming a member of the Texas Forest Trail Partner Program, organizations receive numerous, far-reaching benefits while paying only a fraction of the costs for numerous marketing opportunities, hospitality training, and networking and educational opportunities.”
The following other organizations are on the current roster of 2014 Partner Members: Conroe CVB, Gladewater Economic Development Corporation, City of Huntsville, City of Mount Pleasant/Titus County, Nacogdoches CVB, City of Nacogdoches, City of Palestine, Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont CVB, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, City of Henderson, Jasper Economic Development Corporation, Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Longview Chamber of Commerce/CVB, Port Arthur CVB, Starr Family Home State Historic Site, Texas State Rail Road, City of Athens, Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Hughes Springs, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Linden Economic Development Corporation, Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance, MYETX.com, Oxbow Bakery and Antiques, Spindletop/Lamar University, Stephen F. Austin State University Hospitality Administration, Lindale Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, City of Longview, City of Lufkin, Museum of the Gulf Coast/Port Arthur Historical Commission, Red River Chamber of Commerce, City of San Augustine, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Smith County Historical Commission, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, Texarkana Historical Society, Texas Forestry Museum, The History Center, Tyler CVB, City of Mineola, Newton Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn Teague, Lynne Spivey/ALABCO, Faustine Curry, Sherry Chaney Morgan and George Fite.
The Texas Forest Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that fosters regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism through the preservation of cultural and historic resources and regional partnerships. The Texas Forest Trail Region encompasses 35 counties in East Texas including Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wood.
For more information about the Texas Forest Trail Region or the Partner Member Program, contact Executive Director Marty Prince at 936-560-3699 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can also be found at www.texasforesttrail.com/partners.