Brenda Tinnen elected organization’s new Chair

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Convention& Visitors Association (KCCVA) elected the following officers for 2014:

  • Chair – Brenda Tinnen, General Manager and Senior Vice President, AEG-Kansas City Sprint Center
  • Vice Chair – Gayle Holliday, Ph.D., President, G & H Consulting, LLC

Appointed in 2013, Tinnen previously served as Treasurer and is the second woman to Chair the organization in its 96-year history, following Anita B. Gorman from 1995 to 1997. She succeeds Immediate Past Chair Troy Stremming of Ameristar/Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., while Dr. Holliday continues her role as Vice Chair, a position she has held since 2011.

In addition to the new officer slate, the following directors were also appointed to the Board for two-year terms:

  • Mike Klingensmith, General Manager, Embassy Suites KCI
  • David Lopez, General Manager, Manny’s Mexican Restaurant

 “These business leaders reflect the exciting, diverse destination that Kansas City has become,” said Interim President & CEO Jon Stephens. “I look forward to collaborating with these local innovators as we continue the CVA’s mission to inspire global passion for Kansas City.”

The KCCVA Board of Directors is comprised of up to 30 civic and business leaders from the greater Kansas City area. The Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, with the advice and consent of the City Council, appoints 15 members and the KCCVA Board elects up to 15 members.

Members of the 2014 KCCVA Board of Directors

  • Vic Allred, President, Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen
  • Kay Barnes (Ex Officio Board Member); Director/Distinguished Professor for Public Leadership, Park University
  • Grant Burcham, President & CEO, Missouri Bank & Trust
  • Cindy Circo, Mayor Pro-Tem; Councilwoman, Fifth District At-Large, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mark Donovan, President, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
  • Arzelia Gates, Corporate Secretary, Gates Bar-B-Q Corporation
  • Bill George, President, Kansas City Transportation Group**
  • Rachel Hack, Community Manager, Kansas City, Google Fiber
  • Gayle Holliday, Ph.D. (Vice Chair); President, G & H Consulting, LLC*
  • Steve Klika, Commissioner, Third District, Johnson County
  • Mike Klingensmith, General Manager, Embassy Suites KCI
  • David Lopez, General Manager, Manny’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Bill Lucas, President, Crown Center**
  • Riccardo Lucas, President & CEO, N.STRIDE Consulting, LLC
  • Jan Marcason, Councilwoman, Fourth District, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Bradley McCormack, Senior Associate, The Sader Law Firm
  • Oscar McGaskey, Jr. (Ex Officio Board Member); Department of Convention and Entertainment Facilities, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kevin Pistilli, President, Raphael Hotel Group*
  • Jeanette Prenger, President, ECCO Select Corporation
  • Clayton Reid, President, MMGY Global*
  • CiCi Rojas, President & CEO, Central Exchange
  • Rosemary Salerno, General Manager, Zona Rosa Development, LLC
  • Troy Schulte, City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri*
  • Steve Shalit, Complex General Manager, Westin Crown Center/Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
  • Angie Stanland, Vice President of Associate Services & Recruiting, Cerner Corporation
  • Jon Stephens (Interim President & CEO); President, Rockhill Strategic
  • Troy A. Stremming (Immediate Past Chair); Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.*
  • Brenda Tinnen (Chair); General Manager and Senior Vice President, AEG-Kansas City Sprint Center*
  • Scott Wagner, Councilman, First District At-Large, City of Kansas City, Missouri*
  • Keli Wenzel, President/Managing Partner, O’Neill Marketing & Event Management, Inc.
  • Randy Wisthoff, Director, Kansas City Zoo
  • Amy Jordan Wooden, President & CEO, AJW Consulting 
    * 2014 Executive Committee; ** Ex Officio Members of Executive Committee


The KCCVA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service for convention and tourism industries, the KCCVA supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion annually. For more information about the organization, go to VisitKC.com.

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