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Come on down to Pulaski County USA located in America’s Heartland! Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, which for the longest time was nicknamed Fort Lost in the Woods. We may have that small town feel, but we are growing and trying to lose ...
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No Longer Lost in the Woods: Pulaski County USA
Come on down to Pulaski County USA located in America’s Heartland! Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, which for the longest time was nicknamed Fort Lost in the Woods. We may have that small town feel, but we are growing and trying to lose that “lost” image! Join us every Thursday as we publish a new blog about all of the fun and exciting things we have to do in our unique little spot in Missouri!

Whether you are planning a family vacation, girls getaway, man-cation, attending a military graduation, or just passing by…we guarantee you will love it here! Our rich history and outdoorsy atmosphere makes for great adventures! Visit one of five Museums in the county, travel Route 66 and explore 33 original miles of the Mother Road, cool down on a fun float trip along the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers, fly fish in the Roubidoux our award winning trout stream, go scuba diving in our nationally recognized underwater cave or take an elevator up to the only restaurant in a cave in the world! We don’t lack on fun and interesting activities in our neck of the woods, so be sure to follow our blog and maybe you’ll want to come visit us some day! Hope to see ya soon!
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Twenty-three industry professionals have earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. Currently in its 21st year, just over 200 destination marketing professionals have achieved the CDME designation, with more than 600 participants currently enrolled in the program.

“The CDME program is recognized by the industry as the highest educational achievement for destination management professionals. The achievement of these CDME graduates is outstanding, and requires a significant commitment in time and resources,” said Michael D. Gehrisch, DMAI President and CEO.

The CDME program is an advanced educational program designed to prepare senior DMO executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and industry leaders. The program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

“By earning this designation, these graduates join an elite group of professionals who seek to elevate the industry and its standards,” said Kristin McGrath, CDME, Chair of DMAI’s Education Committee.

These individuals were recognized during the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida on July 15-17, 2013.

“Working through the process of obtaining my certification was extremely important to me, both personally and professionally. This program has offered educational opportunities to enhance my leadership of our organization”, Beth Wiles, CDME, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Fellow constituents include; Patrick Tuttle, Joplin CVB, Keith Backsen, Vice President, Spokane Regional CVB, Kim Baker, Director of Marketing, Santa Monica CVB, Karyl Leigh Barnes, Senior Vice President/Partner, Development Counsellors International, Vicki Higgins, Executive Marketing Officer & EVP, Newport Beach and Company, Misty Johantgen, Senior Vice President, Partner Relations & Development, Visit Orlando, Linda John, Executive Director, Visit Eau Claire, Jennifer Johnson, Director of Finance, Monterey County CVB, Nancy Justman, Executive Director, Visit Brookfield, Stephen Koranda, Executive Director, Norman CVB, Kathy McKillip, Director, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Diane Morgenthaler, Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Greater Madison CVB, Todd O’Leary, Vice President of Partnership, San Francisco Travel Association, Wes Rhea, CEO, Stockton CVB, Marla Roe, Executive Director, Frisco CVB, Lauren Rogers, Director, Sales and Services, Santa Monica CVB, Shannon Rose, Director of Business Services, Calhoun County CVB, Kathy Silverthorn, Executive Director, Red Wing CVB, Tico Soto, Sales Director, Lakes Charles/SW Louisiana, Eric Summe, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky CVB, Jay Tusa, Director of Communications and Research, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Ellie Westmin Chin, Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Events, Atlanta CVB.

Image: Beth Wiles, CDME, Executive Director, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, St. Robert Missouri.

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