The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Michelle Kim will be the new director of tourism. In her new role, she will be managing the day-to-day operations of the Convention & Visitors Bureau division. Kim will oversee operations of the Welcome Center, carry out tourism development projects, supervise all division employees and implement programs and partnerships.
"It’s not often when you can find an exceptionally qualified candidate for such an integral position right in your own backyard, but that is what we found in Michelle," said Tom McIntire, chairman of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. "Michelle’s roots in Galesburg run deep, and her enthusiasm and desire to see our community succeed is readily apparent to anyone who speaks with her. With her leadership, I firmly believe that she can bring substantial development and growth to the CVB."
Kim comes to the role from Costa Catholic Academy where she was the marketing and development director. Her previous roles also include resource development manager and service coordinator at the Knox Housing Authority. Additionally, Kim owns the Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar, giving her intimate knowledge of local tourism and hospitality in Galesburg.
"The Convention & Visitors Bureau is at an exciting moment in the life of the entity," said Jessica Linder, executive director of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "We’ve seen good results over the past few years in terms of visitor numbers and tax revenue generated through hotel room nights, as well as food, retail, and gas. We see great opportunity for tourism in the region and we are poised to take a very critical look at our operations to drive results even further. We believe that Michelle is exactly the person we need to do that.”
The Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a division of the Chamber of Commerce responsible for marketing Galesburg and Knox County to visitors to contribute to community development.