The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 4, 2013

Hotel representatives seek CVB seat; Opening draws nine applicants

From staff reports
news@joplinglobe.com

— Four representatives of Joplin hotels and motels have applied for appointment to one open seat on the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.

No representatives of the hotel industry have applied to serve on the board since a series of appointees resigned in 2010 and 2011 because they sought more control over the CVB budget and operations.

Current hotel applicants are Christopher Beyer, general manager of Hilton Garden Inn; Pete Hall, John Q. Hammons; Kevin Phipps, general manager of the Holiday Inn; and Randy Shippy, Comfort Quality Inn.

The applicants have been members of the Southwest Missouri Lodging Association, which had threatened to try to repeal the motel tax if the CVB didn’t generate more business for the hotels.

Two hotel representatives resigned from the board in early 2011 in protest of a City Council decision to give the lead planning role for the Mother Road Marathon to the CVB rather than assigning that chore to the CVB’s companion operation, the Joplin Sports Authority.

The hotel interests contended that the council ignored recommendations to let the JSA lead the marathon because they believed the CVB could better spend its time trying to sell conventions and meetings instead of working on event planning.

Because the seats allocated by city ordinances to the hotel industry had remained empty since mid-2011, the City Council had recently filled them with applicants from other fields.

The board currently has one at-large position open. The city has applications from five others who are willing to serve in that seat.

They are Mary Ellen Greer, of Charlotte’s Angels Home Healthcare; Carissa Thayer, a senior account clerk with the Joplin Housing Authority; Nancy Raines, chief financial officer of the Area Agency on Aging; Cathy Welch, a retired human resources professional; and Jim Willard, of Crossroads Charters.

There also are open seats on a number of other city boards.

One seat is open on the Joplin Sports Authority Board and there are five applicants.

There is one seat open on the Building Board of Appeals and the Library Board, which has each drawn one applicant.

There are two seats open on the board of adjustment with only one applicant.

There is one opening on the Design Review Board with one applicant.

People who are interested in serving on the boards may obtain an application on the city’s website at www.joplinmo.org or by calling the city clerk’s office at 624-0820, Ext. 220.



Appointments

The City Council will consider making some appointments at its informal meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday at Joplin City Hall, Sixth and Main streets.