NORMAN — The Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Stephen Koranda at the monthly board meeting on Wednesday.
“We appreciate the work Stephen has accomplished during his time in Norman and wish him and his family the best for their future,” NCVB board chair Suzanne McAuley said.
Koranda took the reins of NCVB in December 2008. During his tenure, he led the agency through rebranding, the launch of a new website and the relocation of the NCVB offices and the Norman Visitors Center.
The NCVB board appointed Stefanie Brickman as interim executive director. Brickman will continue work started by Koranda on wayfinding signage, a mobile visitor center and a satellite visitors center at Sooner Mall.
“We trust Stefanie to guide us through this time of transition as we identify the best candidate to build on the existing vision of the NCVB,” McAuley said. “We know that Norman is a wonderful place to visit and host meetings and events, and we will all continue to work hard to attract visitors to our community.”
Web hits to the VisitNorman.com website increased from 1,500 per month in 2009 to more than 11,000 hits during this July during Koranda’s tenure. Koranda came to Norman from the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau in Olathe, Kan. The board is conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.
Brickman is a Norman resident and University of Oklahoma graduate with a degree in journalism and a major in public relations. She worked in the media market for more than 15 years, including time at the Oklahoma Gazette, The Norman Transcript and OETA. She came on board as NCVB communications manager in September 2011.
“We’re really excited going into the fall with a lot of our initiatives including FanFest and other Sooner sports opportunities,” Brickman said. “We’ll make our FanFest debut Aug. 31 at the first home game alongside the ‘Duck Dynasty’ crew.”