Tourism board makes offer to director candidate

Tourism board makes offer to director candidate

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Board has selected their top candidate for the new director's job.

Rob Carnegie, who hails from Canada, received a unanimous vote to fill the slot.

Board member David Mulendorf says Carnegie's success as Tourism Director in Kingston, Ontario set him apart from the other two candidates.

"They are a tourist destination, they have a very strong program in the area of sports tourism, they have very strong tourism effort in cultural arts, performing arts, and they're a destination," said Mulendorf. "He previously had served in Williamson County, Tennessee... where he started a number of programs that continue to this day and they are highly successful."

Florence-Lauderdale Tourism has been without a director since earlier this year, when longtime Director Debbie Wilson resigned from her position, accepting a job with the state.

The board also voted to give assistant director Alison Stanfield, another candidate for the job, a bonus for operating the tourism department.

She was never named interim director, nor paid for the additional duties she assumed.

"One of our candidates [Stanfield] is an extremely qualified individual; she has proven herself and I think the consensus probably was the combination of her market knowledge, her passion for tourism in our area would be an outstanding compliment to this individual, and probably would serve us well going
forward," said Mulendorf.

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