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WenDee LaPlant's Resume

 
WenDee Rowe LaPlant
  
Assistant Director
Kansas Sampler Foundation

wendee@kansassampler.org
620-585-2374
 
 
Interpersonal Skills

Creative and energetic; well organized; detail oriented; flexible; good people skills; proficient in verbal and written communication

Work History

2005- 2006
Director, Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Develop the annual Program of Work and annual budget for operation for the Finney County Convention and Tourism Bureau.
  • Provide and/or coordinate convention services such as registration, delegate housing, programming and publicity.
  • Organize and host the annual Garden City Hot Air Balloon Classic.
  • Motivate local organization members to invite their convention to Garden City and counsel convention planners through each phase.
  • Keep abreast of new trends and developments in the field of convention and tourism promotion.
  • Write articles pertaining to Convention & Tourism Bureau activities for the Chamber newsletter and other publications when possible.
  • Develop trade ads, creating and updating promotional materials and website.
  • Work with Special Events Director in creating travel packages for group tours, FAM Tours, motorcoach associations, conventions and local lodging properties.
  • Organize and host existing and new events with the assistance of the Special Events Director.
  • Serve as festival director for the Kansas Sampler Festival, 2006-2007, coordinating all aspects of the festival including marketing and committee designations.
  • Conduct and keep minutes of the CTB Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Update and create policies related to CTB funding, marketing, and conventions.
2000 - 2005
Special Events Director / Travel Information Center Coordinator, Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Develop and implement plans to promote Finney County to city, county, state, and regional groups.
  • Develop bid packages for organizations to plan their future conventions in Garden City.
  • Develop and provide educational programs on tourism for local and area organizations.
  • Work with the Main Street Downtown Vision promotional committee to develop events for downtown Garden City.
  • Organize and oversee volunteers to assemble gift bags to distribute to conventions and meetings.
  • Provide convention services such as registration, delegate housing, programming, publicity, and hospitality.
  • Update Current Events Calendar for Finney County events throughout the year.
  • Develop and produce new brochures and other promotional material and graphic design work for the CTB and Chamber as requested.
  • Write news releases and articles for newsletter.
  • Responsible for overseeing the Travel Information Center, recruiting, training and scheduling volunteer tourist counselors, maintain inventory of over 300 pieces of promotional literature. Maintain database with TIC statistics. Assist tourists with travel information and promote Garden City and the state of Kansas.
1988 - 2000
Exhibits Curator, Finney County Historical Museum
  • Exhibit Design: Responsible for the development, design, research, writing, fabrication, installation and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Computer Graphics: Experienced in computer graphic programs including Corel Draw 7 – 9, Aldus Pagemaker, Publisher, Power Point, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Publications designed include brochures, invitations, posters, flyers, letterhead, meeting programs and annual reports.
  • Conducted oral interviews for German/Russian exhibit, revolving biographical exhibit showcase, “My Place in Time”, an exhibit featuring the Asian New Year customs, veterans for military exhibits and other exhibits as needed.
  • Other duties: Organize receptions, special events including the Finney County Folk Art Festival, assist in the research library and with educational programming, write newsletter articles and news releases and assist executive director with light administrative duties.
Education
1993 - 1997 Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
1988 - 1993 Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS
1974 - 1975 San Dieguito High School, Encinitas, California
1970 - 1974 Greeley County High School, Tribune, KS