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Ken Vandruff
Director of Communications & Marketing
Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau
email kvandruff@visitwichita.com
phone 316.660.6305

 

Jan. 29, 2008

For immediate release

GWCVB WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR,  

THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS DURING ANNUAL MEETING

(Wichita, Kan.)  -  Patti McDonough, mall manager, Simon Property Group, assumed the chair of the Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors during the 2008 Travel Industry Outlook Annual Meeting, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.

McDonough started her career with Simon Property Group in 1982 and transferred to Wichita in 1995. She succeeds Terry Newman, president and CEO of Papa John's Wichita. Newman was board chair in 2006 and 2007.  

Three new board members started three-year terms:

  • Lea Firestone, executive vice president and COO of A.G. Holdings LLC.
  • Scott Ragatz, managing director and general manager of the Broadview Hotel.
  • Don Sayler, president and CEO of the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association.

Two board members were re-elected to three-year terms:

  • John Ek, publisher of the Wichita Business Journal.
  • Jeff Pace, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

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Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2013 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Wichita MSA.