SIKESTON --The Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new executive director next month.
The CVB Advisory Board has approved the appointment Lynne Williams of Sikeston to the position. Williams will officially begin work as director on April 1.
"Lynne was a natural choice for the position both for her back ground and personality, and the fact that she has served on the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Advisory Board for the past several months, and is familiar with the CVB's operations," said Hillary Shields the current executive director. Shields resigned from the position in February after her husband accepted an unexpected job opportunity in Kansas City.
"The CVB Advisory Board and the Joint Tourism Commission are thrilled to have Lynne on board as executive director," said Cindy Friend, chairwoman of the CVB Advisory Board, said in the news release. "Her knowledge of our communities, as well as her natural warmth and personality, will be a wonderful asset to this position. She is anxious to carry on the promotion of both Sikeston and Miner in the area of tourism."
Williams, who moved to Sikeston as a teen, graduated from Sikeston High School in 1975 and returned to the community in 2004, said she is excited to have this opportunity to serve the area.
"This community is home to me," she said. "I want to further promote tourism in the area that will benefit the merchants, as well as the hoteliers and the restauranteurs."
As a child, Williams' family often moved, due to her father, Jesse Lacefield's, position as a manager at J.C. Penney. However, Sikeston was one of her favorite places to live, said Williams. "Sikeston was always near and dear to my heart," she said.
She has many ideas and is ready to hit the ground running in her new positions. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and opportunities that being the executive director of the Sikeston-Miner CVB will surely bring," said Williams. "I want to develop some interesting and exciting events for the upcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration for Sikeston. We have so much to look forward to with the new Drury Inn and the Steak & Shake being constructed in Miner and I am thrilled to be a part of this."
Shields said that she plans to work one-on-one with Williams to get her ready for the job. "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to train her," said Shields. She said some training may take place on evenings and weekends over the next two weeks, before Williams is the official director. Shields also said that, if needed, she will stay on into April to help Williams. Williams also brings a spirit of collaboration to the position, realizing the two communities must work together toward a common goal in order to be successful.
"I always welcome new ideas and suggestions," she said. "And I will make myself available to the people of Sikeston and Miner so that we can all work toward progress."