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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Bauer-Careins as interim executive director, following the retirement of longtime executive director, Pat Crow.

Bauer-Careins has served as marketing director for the CVB since April 2017. She studied fashion marketing and merchandising at Johnson & Wales University, has served as regional director of sales at Capri Southampton and was former director of sales at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. Prior to joining the CVB, she was the director of sales and marketing at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel.

The board believes her knowledge of CVB operations, and the local tourism industry, will provide steady direction while the board explores structural reorganization of the CVB office.

“The CVB board is dedicated to the organization’s success as an advocate for travel and tourism in Knox County,” said board Chair Barbara Kakiris. “We feel that Justin is best equipped to maintain consistent operations during this transition period given her employee experience. We are grateful for the support we have received from community partners as well.”

As part of the transition plan, the CVB will relocate from the Woodward complex as the CVB currently shares office space with Pat and Sandy Crow as their company, Downtown Options, continues its work with the Woodward Opera House construction project.

“The board feels this is an opportune time to act on a move to a more visible location as encouraged by several board members” said Gloria Parsisson, past chair of CVB. “It will also allow more uninterrupted time for both CVB business and for Pat and Sandy to wrap up the very detailed matter of finishing the construction aspects of the Woodward Opera House.”

While in transition, the board will also be reviewing a draft version of updated bylaws recommended by the Bylaws Committee which spent months exploring needed changes.

“As we organized for 2019 and began discussion of where we wanted to go in early February, we realized that it had been nine years since the bylaws had been updated,” said Parsisson. “A committee was appointed to start that process and present suggestions to the full board.”

Crow and his wife, Sandy, announced their retirement at the May 20 board meeting. The CVB board is organizing a retirement party for the couple. Details will be released when confirmed. The public will be invited.