People Update

September 1, 2008

Missouri Botanical Garden Announces New President of Human Resource Management
Rebecca Ingram-Kutey has joined the Missouri Botanical Garden staff as vice president of the Human Resource Management division. She will oversee diversity initiatives, recruitment, programs, and benefits for the Garden’s more than 500 employees. Ingram-Kutey holds an M.B.A. from St. Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Most recently, she served as associate director of employee network programs at CitiGroup for seven years.

Kemp Foundation Expands Staff with Van Ness and Lohnes
The Kemp Foundation has recently added Rodger Van Ness as Executive Director. Prior to this appointment, Van Ness has been a board member of the Kemp Auto Museum and Foundation, and is currently serving as the National Vice President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
The Foundation and Auto Museum have also added Dani Lohnes to their staff as their Fundraising Coordinator. She will provide assistance to both entities in fulfilling their fundraising objectives and mission.
For more information, please contact Allison Hershberger at (636) 537-1718 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Branson’s Mount Pleasant Winery Welcomes Chamberlain and McCormick
Mount Pleasant Winery, a 9,200 square-foot tasting and bottling experience in Branson, Missouri, celebrated its grand opening last April and has added two managers to its staff.
Joann Chamberlain has joined the winery as group sales manager, responsible for increasing tourism and group sales. She brings 13 years of experience in the travel and hotel industries.
Rob McCormick adds his talents to the winery as general manager of its brand-new tasting and bottling facility in Branson.

Sheraton Clayton Plaza St. Louis Adds Gullet as Executive Chef
As part of the renovation and rebranding of the Sheraton Clayton Plaza St. Louis’ restaurant and lounge, Christian Gullet has been added to the staff as Executive Chef.
For more information on Chef Gullet or the hotel’s extensive renovations, please contact hotel General Manager Dwight Hopfauf at (314) 863-0400 or via e-mail at [email protected].

New Marketing Representative for Cedar Creek Conference Center
Cedar Creek Conference Center in New Haven, Missouri has announced the addition of Genny Vatterott Haas as a new marketing representative. Ms. Haas’ family connection—her parents currently own Cedar Creek and her grandparents were the original owners—underscores her dedication to this appointment.
Cedar Creek Conference Center is a full-service conference center that hosts meetings and events for corporate, educational, and not-for-profit clients throughout the Midwest. For more information about Cedar Creek, please call (573) 237-3672, or visit

Executive Chef Knopp Returns to Chateau on the Lake
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center welcomes the return of Doug Knopp as Executive Chef of Branson, Missouri’s only AAA Four-Diamond resort. Rob’s career spans 20 years of culinary excellence, including 11 years at the Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto, Houston, Vancouver, and on Nevis Island in the Caribbean.
Chef Knopp oversees a culinary team of 30 for banquets and at the Chateau’s five restaurants and lounges, including the 150-seat Chateau Grille, recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

Sheraton® Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis Adds Dwight Hopfauf as General Manager
The Sheraton® Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis and Marcus Hotels and Resorts announced the recent addition of Dwight Hopfauf as General Manager of the hotel. Hopfauf has more than twenty years of service within the Marcus Hotels and Resorts chain. He most recently served as General Manager with Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Hopfauf is actively involved with both hospitality industry and civic organizations. His experience includes serving as an Executive Board Member for the Wisconsin Rapids Sports Marketing Commission and the Heart of Wisconsin Business and Economic Alliance, and establishing the annual “Welcome To Our House For The Holidays” and assisting on the “Summer Hummer Ambassador Fundraiser” events in Wisconsin. Hopfauf has been an active Rotarian over the years, and has been a long-time member in the American Hotel & Motel Association, Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association. He is currently a member of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and the Clayton Merchants Association, and has volunteered at both the Clayton Art Fair and Taste of Clayton events.
Additional details regarding the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, as well as reservations information and offers can be found at the hotel’s web site

CVB President Marks 20th Year
Tracy Kimberlin, president of the Springfield, Mo., Convention & Visitors Bureau, marked his 20th year of service on July 1, 2008. Prior to being hired in 1988, he served on the board of directors for six years and spent 10 months as executive director in 1987. When Kimberlin first joined the CVB, the budget was about $400,000 and the bureau employed five people. Since then, the budget has grown to nearly $3.4 million and the CVB employs 17 full-time and four part-time staff.
Kimberlin was raised in Bourbon and attended college at University of Missouri-Rolla and Southwest Missouri State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1975. In 1994, Kimberlin was inducted into the Missouri Travel and Tourism Hall of Fame for crafting legislation establishing a funding mechanism for the Missouri Division of Tourism, a model studied and adopted by other states seeking to increase funding for tourism promotion.

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