Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (September 17, 2013) – The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CAVCB) is very proud to announce the recent appointments of two its board of directors. Yolunda Armstrong, General Manager of the Red Roof Inn and Cynthia Chiles, owner of Chiles Peach Orchard and Carter Mountain Orchard, recently joined the eleven-member CACVB Board of Directors.
For Cynthia Chiles, when asked why she wanted to serve on the CACVB board, she said, "I'm a lifelong resident of Albemarle County and fourth generation farmer. Agritourism is an important tourism sector in Albemarle County, and this sector currently is not represented on the board. I have a passion for tourism, and for the Albemarle/Charlottesville area." For nearly the past year, Ms. Chiles has served on the CACVB marketing committee, which was instrumental in the recent rebranding of the tourism bureau earlier this year. Ms. Chiles fills the seat vacated by longtime CACVB board member and Michie Tavern executive, Gregory MacDonald, whose term expired.
Yolunda Armstrong was recently
featured in C-Ville Weekly ("Yolunda Armstrong came here for her career, and
found a community" June 2013) with her new business venture, A Taste of Honey.
She said that she "Would like to continue to serve in my local community in a
meaningful way that will support tourism, business, and community enrichment."
Prior to Ms. Armstrong's appointment to the CACVB board, she had been involved
in the Agency Budget Review process [for festival funding] and has also served
on the CACVB marketing committee. Ms. Armstrong becomes the first
African-American to serve on the board of the CACVB, taking the seat previously
held by George Benford, former owner of Siips.
Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director for the CACVB, is thrilled with Ms. Armstrong and Ms. Chiles' appointments. "We like the energy that these ladies will bring to the table. Representing local business and the agri-tourism industry, Cynthia and Yolunda's expertise will be invaluable to this organization, as they make important decisions regarding tourism in our area in the years to come."
Both Ms. Chiles (Albemarle County appointment) and Ms. Armstrong (City of Charlottesville appointment) will serve a two-year term.