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April 20, 2014

Selling Norman is love at first sight

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“We wish her luck,” Schemm said. “We’ll continue to work with her in her new role.”

Schemm said Bash’s departure leaves a hole in the sales staff, and they will be looking to hire soon.

“They (applicants) need sales experience,” Schemm said. “If they can sell, we can teach them hospitality.”

Schemm also told the board he hopes to downsize plans for a mobile visitor center. Rather than purchasing a large Fed-Ex type truck that would be challenging for staff to drive, he proposed saving money by specially outfitting a minivan.

Because it would be more drivable, the van could serve double-duty.

“It would be nice enough (that) we could take meeting planners on tours throughout the city,” Schemm said.

The van also would allow NCVB to eliminate the other company vehicle. The specially outfitted van would be wrapped with the logo and could have TVs on the back door and other elements when being used at an event.

“We would make it a bigger presence, but it would be easier to get around,” he said.

The annual NCVB luncheon will be May 13, and tickets are on sale. This year’s event will be a barbecue at the National Weather Center.

Board positions are currently being filled, and Kyle Allison of Andy Alligator’s was nominated as an at-large member. The board voted to expand membership by two seats to allow for the addition of more members in the hospitality field.

Joy Hampton

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