Officers Elected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board

Posted on January 23, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
CONTACT: Katlyn Richter, Global Media & Public Relations Director, South Dakota Department of Tourism, (605) 773-3301

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Tourism Board has selected its officers for 2020. 

Kristi Wagner of Whitewood was elected the board president during a meeting today in Pierre. Carmen Schramm* of Yankton was elected vice president.

“The guidance and support the board provides the department is critical to the success of the tourism industry in our state,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “We are fortunate to have leaders on the board who understand the industry’s needs and are passionate about bringing visitors to South Dakota.

The Tourism Board is appointed by the Governor and includes members of the tourism industry and citizen representatives from across the state. Board members serve as liaisons and advocates for businesses in their area and the South Dakota Department of Tourism. The board also offers input about marketing strategies for the department.

Current Tourism Board members include Caleb Arceneaux*, Rapid City; Tom Biegler*, Sioux Falls; John Brockelsby*, Rapid City; Ted Hustead*, Wall; Ann Lesch*, De Smet; Julie Ranum*, Watertown; Val Rausch*, Big Stone City; Carmen Schramm, Yankton; Frank Smith, Gettysburg; Ivan Sorbel, Kyle; and Kristi Wagner, Whitewood.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.




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