BACK: Patricia Coyle, Laurie Bryner, Heidi Ruby Miller, Marianne Skvarla; FRONT: Robin and Monica Jackson
The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau held its annual dinner on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the St. Vincent College campus. The theme IT'S A WONDERFUL DAY IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD played not only on the meeting's locale, but also the bureau's new tourism campaign: Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania - A Place of Wonder.
As most of you know, I am a huge proponent for pride of place, so I smiled the entire evening, being among hundreds of like-minded people from Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties, all working toward the same goal as defined in the LHVB mission statement:
"To promote and support tourism, tourism development, and the interests of the travel and hospitality industries in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands region..., thereby contributing to the economic growth and quality of life for the area."
With delicious offerings from the local wineries (Christian W. Klay Winery, Glades Pike Winery, Greendance - The Winery at Sand Hill, Greenhouse Winery, and Stone Villa Wine Cellars) and tempting items on the silent auction tables, the perfect way to top off the evening was with an entertaining speaker.
That would be James Kane.
His talk "The Secret to Creating Loyal Customers, Members, and Guests" and its multi-media musings kept my interest and taught me something along the way.