At the Southeast Tourism Society Spring Meeting, held March 19-21 in Biloxi, Mississippi, STS honored the largest class ever from the 15th Annual STS Marketing College. Marketing College, held each summer at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Georgia, offers tourism professionals across the Southeast a broad-based curriculum in tourism marketing and management. Students completing three years of the Marketing College receive their Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) certification. Forty-seven tourism professionals earned their TMP certificates during the 2006 Marketing College.
The students present at the graduation ceremonies held in Biloxi on March 20, 2007 were: Rhonda Adams, Dickson County Chamber of Commerce; Mary Anderson, Vicksburg CVB; Bill Bassham, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce; Deborah Boyd, New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center; Jina Clark, Montgomery CVB; Amanda Dana, Atlanta CVB; Candace Davis, Chattanooga Area CVB; Mary Jane Ferguson, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Samara Hughes, North Star Destination Strategies; Whitney Jenkins, Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism; Dana Lee, Corinth Area CVB; Patsy Lewis-Gentry; David Lyons, Butts Co. Industrial Development Authority; Jay Markwalter, Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association; Picheska Marrero, Asheville CVB; Stefanie Meyer, Augusta CVB; Jennifer Miller, Coweta County CVB; Dorcas Milton, DeKalb CVB; Jerlene Rhodes, Tunica River Park; Jaime Riggs, Statesboro CVB; Cindy Scott, LWT Communications; Linda Shepperd, Halifax County Tourism; Jeannea Spence, Budget Travel Magazine; Charlotte Tallent, Days Inn Worldwide, Inc.; Robert Thompson, Days Inn/Wyndham Worldwide; Becky Whitmire, Gainesville-Hall County CVB; Barbara Wolke, Rutherford County CVB.
Members of the Class of 2006 who were unable to attend the graduation ceremony, but also received Travel Marketing Professional Certification are: Teresa Cody, Grandfather Mountain; James Corona, Cartersville-Bartow County CVB; Connie Cossar, Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism; James Dean, Virginia Living Museum; Lacy Dixon, Valdosta-Lowndes County CVB; Stephanie Evans, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce; Virginia Gabriele, Virginia Living Museum; Cindy Hagemann, Kingsland CVB; Devon Harris, South Carolina National Heritage Corridor; Tanya Irwin, Pickwick Challenge; Dina Justice, Appleyard Agency; Vicki Kidd, Tour Southern & Eastern Kentucky; Corey Kirkland, Eufaula Barbour County Chamber; Debbie Ledbetter, New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center; Jennifer Lynch, Virginia Beach CVB; Melissa Malinis, Norfolk CVB; Marianne Moran, Marion County CVB; Sarah Robbins, Henry County CVB; Theresa Russell, Tour Southern & Eastern Kentucky; Kalia Vincent, Mammoth Cave National Park/Eastern National.
The 2007 Marketing College will be held July 29- August 3 in Dahlonega, Georgia. For more information, go to http://www.southeasttourism.org/marketing_college.html
Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism to its member states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, hotels, motels, resorts, convention & visitors bureaus, airlines, bus companies, car rental agencies, newspapers, magazines and other travel-related organizations as well as corporate partners, Amtrak, Delta Air Lines, Madden Preprint Media, Morrison Communications, Southern Living, SMITH, USDM.net and TRIPinfo.com.