The board of directors of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council has elected officers for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Members of the board unanimously approved Bob Pest of Independence County as President, Adam Davis of Fulton County as Vice-President, and Ginger Johnson of Independence County as Secretary/Treasurer at their regular quarterly meeting on April 27. The board also honored outgoing president Charlie Morris for his outstanding service to the organization. The new officer terms begin July 1.
Bob Pest is the co-founder and president of Ozark Foothills FilmFest and its youth division, the T Tauri Film Festival. He is an adjunct faculty member at UACCB, where he teaches film studies courses and also teaches in the Lyon College APPLE Upward Bound summer program. Pest currently serves on the board of the Arkansas Arts Council and on the advisory committee of Arkansas Arts Advocates; he is also a regular contributor to and associate editor of Life in the Ozarks magazine. Many of his articles about area organizations, businesses, and attractions can be found on the Ozark Gateway Web site, www.ozarkgateway.com. Pest holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He operates a community development consulting firm, specializing in grant writing, media campaigns, and innovative approaches to rural community development. Pest lives in Locust Grove with his wife Judy and their three dogs.
Adam Davis attended Lyon College in Batesville and graduated from Missouri State University with a B.A. in business and a minor in english. After graduation, he accepted the Welcome Center Manager position at Mammoth Spring State Park. He resides in Mammoth Spring with his wife Alexis and their son Skylar. Davis is a kayak instructor, a member of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Swift Water Rescue response team, and an avid outdoor enthusiast.
Ginger Johnson is the business manager for WRD Entertainment and bookkeeper for White River Distributors, Inc. Johnson has attended classes at UACCB. She is married to Joe Johnson and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Ozark Gateway Tourist Council is one of 12 regional tourist associations recognized by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The Council was incorporated in 1971 and actively promotes tourism in the eight county region consisting of Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp, Stone and Randolph counties. The region has been honored several times for their innovative and creative approaches to promote the area.
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