The Norman Transcript

Business

July 21, 2013

Norman CVB executive director earns designation

NORMAN — Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Stephen Koranda earned a designation as a certified destination management executive at the Destination Marketing Association International conference July 18.

The CDME process requires that participants complete three core classes presented by DMAI, along with two elective courses and a final exam within a four-year time frame. Koranda was one of 23 who earned the honor this year.

According to DMAI, CDME is the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. As the DMO industry’s highest educational achievement, the CDME program seeks to enhance business acumen.

The content discussed helps DMO leaders to more effectively adapt and manage increasing change and competition.

“The CDME program is recognized as the highest educational achievement for destination management professionals,” said Kristin McGrath, CDME and chair of DMAI’s Education Committee. “By earning this designation, these graduates join an elite group of professionals who seek to elevate the industry and its standards.”

Koranda, who began working at the Norman CVB in December 2008, received the CDME at a presentation during the conclusion of the 2013 DMAI conference in Orlando, Fla., the group’s 99th convention. He has previously earned the Certified Tourism Ambassador designation and is a graduate of Leadership Norman and Arts Leadership Oklahoma.

“The entire CDME process has been enlightening and educational,” Koranda said.

“I look forward to applying what I have learned throughout these courses to work with community leaders and city officials to enhance Norman as a premier destination.”

Two primary areas of the courses’ concentration that Koranda said will be most beneficial to Norman include a deeper understanding of the key factors and new initiatives that make destinations and DMOs successful along with gaining solutions to current destination issues and challenges such as branding, funding, performance accountability, community relations and visitor relationship management.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Ideal Homes to dedicate Oklahoma’s first Home for HOPE

    Ideal Homes dedicated the company’s first Home for HOPE on Wednesday at 13209 SW 5th in Yukon....

    July 27, 2014

  • Todd Lamb to keynote luncheon

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will provide the keynote address at the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Lunch at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 6 at the National Weather Center. Lamb will speak on state issues that may impact local business and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma learns about storm water proposal

    The Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma invited Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary to talk about the new storm water fee proposal at its luncheon Thursday....

    July 27, 2014

  • Backing up everything, everywhere, not as easy as it should be

    Though we may wish or believe otherwise, computing devices are still somewhat of a hassle to use. Some devices, like Apple’s iPad, come close to being fully realized machines, but even iPads have their clunky side....

    July 27, 2014

  • Is using E10 or ‘pure’ gasoline more economical?

    An analysis by AAA Oklahoma shows that at today’s prices, E10 motor fuel is cheaper to use than 100 percent gasoline, despite the fewer miles per gallon produced by E10, which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline....

    July 27, 2014

  • Appellate judge retiring

    The Honorable Charles A. Johnson retired from the Court of Criminal Appeals after 25 years on the bench. Johnson was appointed to the court on Oct. 31, 1989, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to fill the unexpired term of Hez J. Bussey. After 59 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014