San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Announces 1998--99 Officers and Directors
SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 1998 - The new Officers, standing committee
chairs and directors of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
were introduced today by President John A. Marks at the Bureau's 88th Annual
Cleopatra Vaughns, RN, CPIW, manager, community relations at Blue Shield
of California, will replace outgoing Chairman Frank R. Kent and serve a
one-year term as the new chairman of the board. Last year, Vaughns served
as vice chairman of the board.
Vaughns is the first female chairman in the Bureau's 88 year history.
She is a graduate of Providence College of Nursing and the University of
California, Berkeley. A successful entrepreneur, she founded The
Ivy Shoppe, a retail ready-to-wear store. Currently, she is chairman of
the board of Sojourner Truth Senior Housing Complex in Oakland, a member
of the board of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Bay Area Chapter,
national parliamentarian, National Association of Urban Bankers, elected
national director of resources and western district governor of the National
Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., and
recently elected to the board of directors of The Bankers Club of San Francisco.
Among numerous other awards, she has received the 1998 Walter Bremond Community
Service Award from the Bay Area Black United Fund.
Frank R. Kent, managing director at United Airlines, will serve as
immediate-past chairman, Tom LaTour, president of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant
Group Inc., was elected to a second term as vice chair. Former secretary/treasurer
Bill Poland, president of Bay West Group, was also elected vice chair.
Gianni Fassio, president and CEO of Paho d'Asti, was elected secretary/treasurer.
He was formerly marketing committee chair.
The newly-elected standing committee chairs are;
They will each serve one-year terms.
Hank Biddle, general manager, San Francisco Marriott Hotel (convention
Tom Noonan, president, Hotel ,Development Services (marketing committee);
Louis Meunier, executive vice president, external affairs, Macy's (membership
and Jon Handlery, senior vice president and general manager Handlery Union
Square Hotel (tourism committee).
The 15 directors elected to serve three-year terms include:
Ray P. Siotto, president, S&C Ford of San Francisco has been elected
to fill an unexpired two-year term. Sidney Goodwill, president, Bullock
& Jones, Inc.; San Lauter, public affairs manager-government relations,
Pacific Gas and Electric; and Christopher Martin, managing partner, The
Cannery, were elected to unexpired one-year terms.
Lisa Benau, vice president, Victorian Inn on the Park;
Darlene Cochran, president, Gray Line of San Francisco;
F.X. Crowley, business manager/secretary, Theatrical Federation of San
John Hutar, deputy general manager, Hotel Nikko San Francisco;
Gary Isaacson, general manager, The Freeman Companies;
Kathy L. Lohan, executive director, National Maritime Museum Association;
Jordan Meisner, vice president and managing director, Grand Hyatt San Francisco;
Bob Mendes, owner, McDonald's;
Richard Miyashiro, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Pat
Michael Penn, executive director, Black Chamber of Commerce;
Stephen J. Seabolt, president and chief executive officer, Sunset Publishing
Maureen Sullivan, vice president, M.G. West;
James Thigpen, president, Thigpen, Ltd.;
Volker Ulrich, general manager, Pan Pacific Hotel;
and Peter Wilde, general manager, ANA Hotel San Francisco.
The newly elected directors join those continuing their three-year terms
and executive committee members to form the elected leadership of the bureau.
The bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization that has
worked to market San Francisco as a tourist destination since 1909. All
directors' and officers are elected from more than 2,200 bureau members
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