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Kurt Burkhart of Carlsbad, California selected as Director of CACVB

Posted by lbanner on December 11, 2008

The City of Charlottesville reports that the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) has selected Kurt Burkhart as its new Executive Director. He will assume responsibilities on January 6, 2009. Mr. Burkhart will report to an eleven person Board of Directors made up of community stakeholders including the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Monticello), the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle. He will oversee the operations of the CACVB Visitor Center, which houses six part-time and four full-time staff persons.

For nearly eight years, Mr. Burkhart has led tourism efforts in Carlsbad, California, a coastal destination located 30 miles north of San Diego. Prior to his years served as Executive Director of the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, he held a similar position with the City of Flagstaff where he promoted travel to this northern Arizona city and to the Grand Canyon.

Mr. Burkhart replaces Mark Shore who left the position in March of this year.

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Monday is Mark Shore’s last day at the CACVB

Posted by lbanner on March 28, 2008

Mark Shore, Director and CEO of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) since 2001, leaves his position on Monday, March 31, moving on to serve as Executive Director for the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Franklin, TN.

As noted in a news release on his departure, during Mr. Shore’s tenure he made significant impacts within the community, reflecting the increasingly important role of tourism as an economic development stimulus for the local community. Mr. Shore also worked with the Charlottesville Regional Tourism Council and the CVB Management Board in 2003 to create a single unified advisory board and a designated funding mechanism for the CACVB based on lodging tax collections.

Mr. Shore additionally spearheaded the marketing effort which in 2006 brought our community the new tourism theme, Pursue Charlottesville. Many might recall the former brand, So Very Virginia. Then again, many might still not even be aware our community has a tourism brand.

The CACVB Advisory Board will assist the City Manager and City Human Resources department in securing Mr. Shore’s successor. No timeline has as yet been established for a replacement.

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Steve Krohn, Virginia National Bank, receives Leader’s Leader Award

Posted by lbanner on February 6, 2008

Steve Krohn, Managing Director of Virginia National Bank, recently received the 2008 Leader’s Leader Award from the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA), a council of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Krohn was recognized for his work in the Charlottesville community.  A news release on the award notes that Mr. Krohn holds positions in the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area as Large Employer Campaign Director, Campaign Chair, Executive Committee Board Chair and Past Board Chair. He also is serving the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National MS Society and currently serves as Board Chair for the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development (TJPED).

Cathy Train, Director of the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area, commented that Mr. Krohn “shows a wise use of humor and has the ability to stay with a difficult situation, working skillfully so that everyone feels heard and part of the solution.”

The Leader’s Leader is a Leadership Charlottesville graduate (Mr. Krohn graduated in the class of 2000) who has “demonstrated initiative, vision, and responsibility, investing their time and efforts to contribute to the community, the Leadership Charlottesville program, and/or the Alumni Association.”

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Monticello Names Ann H. Taylor Executive Vice President

Posted by lbanner on January 18, 2008

Ann H. Taylor, executive vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in the late 1990s, will return to Monticello with the same title but new responsibilities, effective Feb. 15.

Taylor most recently was executive director of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, a position she held from 2004 through August 2007. There, she was responsible for all financial, operational, development, alumni, and external relations for the foundation, which supports the Darden School of Business Administration.

Foundation President Daniel P. Jordan notes, “Ann served with great distinction here for almost 13 years, and her contributions were truly consequential. Recalling her many talents and her genuine passion for Monticello, we are thrilled by her return.”

Upon her arrival at Monticello, Ms. Taylor’s priority responsibilities will be overseeing completion of the under-construction Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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Monticello VP to leave for position in Montana

Posted by lbanner on November 13, 2007

Kat Imhoff, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, will leave on January 31, 2008, to become executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Montana. Ms. Imhoff was appointed the Foundation’s chief operations officer in February 2000 and was named a vice president in 2005. Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson Foundation staff, she was executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia.

During her time at Monticello, Ms. Imhoff has played a leadership role in a number of major initiatives, including directing the planning and ongoing construction of the Thomas Jefferson Visitors Center and Smith History Center, organizing Monticello’s observance of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and coordinating the placement of more than 1,300 acres of Foundation property under protective easements. She also has represented Monticello on boards of a variety of local, state and national organizations, several of which she has chaired.

“We will miss Kat’s energy, vision, creativity and team spirit, and we will remember her as a caring colleague and dedicated professional,” said Thomas Jefferson Foundation President Daniel P. Jordan, who will also be leaving the Foundation in 2008. “She leaves with our gratitude and very best wishes.”

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Dan Jordan to step down as Monticello’s president in November 2008

Posted by lbanner on September 27, 2007

Daniel P. Jordan, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation since 1985, will leave his position as Monticello’s chief executive effective Nov. 1, 2008. Mr. Jordan, 69, said that he and his wife, Lou, made the decision after consultation with members of the foundation’s board and that the announcement was being made more than a year in advance in the best interests of Monticello.

“This time frame will allow the board and the foundation to conduct a proper search for a successor,” said Mr. Jordan, “and it should make for a smooth transition for a tremendous organization that – thanks to the efforts and contributions of so many dedicated people – it has been a privilege to serve for more than two decades.”

The news release from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes that during Mr. Jordan’s tenure as president Monticello has realized a number of accomplishments, among them the founding of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and the Monticello Education Department; the establishment in 1993 of an endowment that now stands at more than $100 million; the development of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway (including Kemper Park, Saunders Bridge, and the Saunders-Monticello Trail); the opening of the Jefferson Library; the 1993 observance of the 250th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth; the 2003 commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition; the start of editorial work on and the publication of the first volumes of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series; the publication of more than 30 other books; the launch of Monticello’s Web site; the purchase of Montalto; the constant expansion in both depth and scope of numerous interpretive, research, education, and restoration programs; and inclusion on the United Nations’ World Heritage List.

Mr. Jordan said he plans to “finish strong” and remain deeply involved in Monticello’s operations and projects, especially the construction of and fund-raising for the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith History Center, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008.

The foundation has formed a search committee consisting of Jeffrey C. Walker, chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, board Vice Chairman and Treasurer Alice W. Handy, Trustees H. Eugene Lockhart, Jr., and Howard P. Milstein, and Emeritus Trustee Rebecca W. Rimel, and will retain an executive search firm to assist in the process of hiring a new president.

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Tom Thompson named Executive Director of VPTC+CVG

Posted by lbanner on September 6, 2007

The Virginia Piedmont Technology Council + Charlottesville Venture Group (VPTC+CVG) announced recently the selection of W.D. Tom Thompson as its new Executive Director. Mr. Thompson has a business, sales management, and consulting background spanning over 30 years. He has worked for Boise Cascade, Homecraft, MCI, Adelphia Business Solutions and most recently was on contract to Sperry Marine.

Dave Keller, chairman of the VPTC+CVG board of directors, notes, “We sought a candidate possessing knowledge of our organization and the leadership experience to help us execute our vision.” Mr. Thompson, who served on the VPTC+CVG board through June of 2007, also served on both VPTC and CVG boards in past years, and was president of CVG in 2002.

The Virginia Piedmont Technology Council (VPTC) and the Charlottesville Venture Group (CVG) combined their organizations in February 2007.

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Airport Authority flying with new ED

Posted by lbanner on July 5, 2007

There is a new Executive Director at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority. Announced July 3rd, Barbara Hutchinson, with the Airport since 1985, most recently serving as Director of Finance & Administration, will serve as the “Authority’s Chief Administrative Official, managing and directing the operations and affairs of the Airport Authority and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.”

Which begs the question, what happened to the former ED Bryan Elliot? Turns out Mr. Elliot joined the County of Albemarle in a new position as Assistant County Executive for Community Services in April. That position came about with the retirement of Assistant County Executive Roxanne White, having served the County since July, 1986, and a realignment of responsibilities that positioned the other Assistant County Executive, Tom Foley, to oversee the Community Development, Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology departments.

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