Thursday, March 15, 2007
Movre on board as new tourism director
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Tourism Bureau, which has been without a full-time executive director for six months, has hired Stephanie Movre of Byhalia for the position.
The Movres moved to the Byhalia area in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, but already had discussed moving and had a contract on the sale of their home, Movre said.
Her husband, Matt, works for the off-shore petroleum industry in the Gulf of Mexico as a pilot of remotely operated underwater vehicles - little underwater submarine-like vehicles that are used to inspect drilling rigs and platforms.
Movre has been working with a safety supply company in Bartlett, Tenn., in inside sales.
Her first working experience in college at a bank helped guide Movre toward the career path she has chosen.
She graduated with a bachelor’s in mass communications/advertising from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a college town near her hometown of Abbeville.
“In college I worked at a bank that was inside Wal-Mart and it was from being face-to-face with people in the store that I decided to change my major from broadcasting, to photography and finally to journalism,” Movre said.
She said she likes the Southern hospitality of Holly Springs and Byhalia.
“The folks in Holly Springs, Byhalia and Barton are more what I’m used to as opposed to Memphis,” Movre said.
Having worked in the corporate community - in banking, and industry as well as serving as an intern with a tourism bureau in Florida, Movre said she feels prepared for the job ahead.
“I kind of got to see how corporate America works,” she said. “They don’t teach how politics work in college.”
Mike Lynn, chairman of the board of directors, said Movre brings a fresh look to what the tourism bureau is doing and what can be done to improve upon it.
“We are thankful to Jimmy Thomas, who has guided us through the last four years and was instrumental in opening Holly Springs to the public,” Lynn said. “We now have visitors every day coming to Holly Springs to visit our various attractions or to take our walking and driving tours.
“Now that we are getting a steady flow of tourists daily, we want to take this to a new level, and we are confident that Stephanie is the person to take us there. I just think she is going to do a real good job.”
The other members of the board of directors for the Tourism Bureau are Jennifer Blaker, Stella Hall, Ralph Howard, Fannie Lampley, Chris Liddy, Maia Miller, Judy Otto and Betty Carol Wittjen.
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