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ACVB Announces 2011 Board of Directors

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 24, 2011 – The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) announces the results of its 2011 board of directors’ election. Eleven candidates sought six seats. The six elected board members are: Randy Becker, Captain of the Seward Fishing Club; Raquel Edelen, vice president of operations for the Hotel Captain Cook; Todd Heverling, business development director for First National Bank Alaska; Susan Kaer, general manager/owner of Ramada Anchorage Downtown; Doug Thompson, director rail and port operations for Holland America Princess Alaska; and John Woodbury, owner/publisher of COAST Magazine/Alaska Adventure Media. Each director will serve a three-year term.

In addition, three directors were appointed to serve one-year terms. The appointed directors are: Scott Doonan, director of sales and marketing for Hilton Anchorage; George Sandoval, vice president of sales & marketing for the Alaska Aces; Keith Sopp, director of Media Sales and Marketing for General Communications, Inc.

ACVB’s 2011 board officers are: Maggie Kelly, director of Alaska operations for Royal Celebrity Tours, chair; Scott Habberstad, manager of regional sales – Alaska for Alaska Airlines, vice chair; Todd Heverling business development director for First National Bank Alaska, treasurer; John Woodbury, owner/publisher of COAST Magazine/Alaska Adventure Media as secretary; Randy Becker, captain of the Seward Fishing Club, immediate past chair. ACVB President & CEO Julie Saupe serves as a non-voting member.

The ACVB board of directors is comprised of representatives from ACVB’s membership, including the public and private sectors. One third of the board members stand for election each year, with new terms beginning in January. The chair is elected by the board and may appoint additional directors serving one-year terms. In addition to the ACVB President & CEO, five advisors serve as non-voting board members. For a complete list of ACVB’s board of directors, visit www.Anchorage.net/752.cfm.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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