Lee Tasseff of the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau joined other leaders of Ohio’s tourism industry in attending the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (OACVB) Annual Education Conference, September 18-19, 2013 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Springfield, Ohio.

OACVB President John Kiste expressed his appreciation for the event; “I have always considered OACVB the best association resource for my professional development. The annual conference this year was a perfect blend of educational seminars, board events, networking, awards--and sightseeing!” Kiste also thanked Springfield CVB Director Chris Schutte for hosting the event.

During the conference John Fimiani, Brand & Strategy Director of Oxiem Marketing, gave a presentation on Interactive Marketing Strategies for CVBs. Kevin Rose, architectural historian for The Turner Foundation, spoke on Promoting Heritage Tourism with Walking Tours. The OACVB’s Annual Middy Awards Luncheon recognized excellence among member bureaus for marketing and PR efforts. The conference also included the OACVB September Board Meeting, a private tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House and a walking tour of downtown Springfield.

OACVB is statewide organization serving CVBs throughout Ohio helping them to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issue management, trend identification and professional development.