Monday, June 3, 2013
Chris Cannon, director of communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Linda Smith to retire following 24 years in Rome’s tourism office
ROME, GA. — The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) announced today that Linda Smith, Sales and Events Coordinator, will retire following 24 years of service to the bureau and City of Rome.
Linda was hired by longtime tourism director Diana Shadday in 1989 and has been with the bureau through numerous expansions over her 24 years.
“Linda’s been a true asset to our team over the years,” said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. “She’s a walking hospitality textbook and we’ve been blessed to call her a co-worker as well as friend.”
A retirement reception in Linda’s honor will be held on June 10, Linda’s final day in the office, from 3pm to 5pm. The reception will take place on the deck of the offices of the convention & visitors bureau at 402 Civic Center Drive. In case of rain, the reception will take place at the Rome Civic Center also at 402 Civic Center Drive.
“After 24 years, I am retiring from my daily schedule of going to the office, but I will never retire from my passion for meeting new people and inviting them to visit our beautiful city,” said Linda. “I will forever be grateful for the privilege of representing Rome throughout the U.S. and for the opportunity to be involved in new ventures that have increased our tourism.”
After her retirement from tourism, Romans will still see Linda regularly as she will continue her other passion for hospitality as a private bartender.
For more information on Linda Smith’s retirement reception, please call the Rome – Floyd Visitor Center at 706-295-5576.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.