People Update

April 13, 2011


Saint Louis Science Center Announces Addition to Staff
The Saint Louis Science Center has announced that Philip Needleman, Ph.D., will serve as its interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Needleman will lead the museum during the search for the permanent replacement for Doug King, who left the museum on December 31, 2010, to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Needleman has been serving as Interim President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center since October 2009 while the Center conducted a national search for a new President. Needleman has served on the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Commissioners since 2005, and its Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1998 and 2002 to 2004. He currently serves as Chair of its Science and Leadership Committee. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the National Academy of Science Award for the Industrial Application of Research, the Peter Raven Award of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, the NYU Applied Biotechnology Award, the John Jacob Abel Award of the American Pharmacology Society, the Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, the Chester Stock Award of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Industrial Institute Medal, the American Society of Experimental Therapeutics Award, and the Missouri Biotechnology Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Life Science.

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In addition, the Saint Louis Science Center has named Barbara Boyle Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Boyle will supervise all aspects of financial and information Systems administrative functions, head the Finance and Audit committee of the Board of Commissioners and prepare annual audited financial statements and operating budgets. Most recently, Boyle was the Director of Finance and Human Resources for the Eastern Region, and Interim Chief Financial Officer, at Boys & Girls Town / Edgewood Children’s Center. In addition to nonprofit experience, Boyle has more than 20 years of experience in investment banking with A.G. Edwards, including more than 10 years as Managing Director of Investment Banking in the Capital Markets Division. A graduate of the Olin School of Business at Washington University, Boyle started her career as an auditor and financial consultant with Deloitte & Touche.

Fitzpatrick joins the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Lagina Fitzpatrick, CMP, CHSC, has joined the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau/Tri-County Lodging Association as Director of Sales. Fitzpatrick has been in the hospitality industry at the Lake of the Ozarks for 24 years. She has worked for The Lodge of Four Seasons, The Resort at Port Arrowhead, and Camden on the Lake, and has been a consultant for the Inn at Grand Glaize. Lagina has been an active member of many industry associations, including MTC, MSAE, SGMP, and MPI. She has served on the local and national boards of SGMP and has served on and chaired many committees for these organizations. Lagina can be reached at [email protected] or at 573-348-1599.

Springfield CVB Hires New Staff

Evans MelissaMelissa Evans has been named convention sales manager at the Springfield CVB and is primarily responsible for booking social, military, educational, religious and fraternal groups in the city. Evans comes to the bureau following a position as sales director for Stonebridge Resort. She also has sales experience at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, and the Historic Crescent Hotel & Spa and Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark. Evans, a native of Linn, Mo., has a degree in hospitality and restaurant administration from Missouri State University. Colleen Hargis has been named director of administration/ IT and oversees the administrative department and operations of the bureau including accounting, computer systems and facilities. Prior to joining the CVB, Hargis was an instructor at Missouri State University where she taught computer applications. Also, she previously served as director of accounting for Wilhoit Properties in Springfield. Hargis has a degree in accounting from Missouri State University.

Cox Named Director of Joplin CVB

Cox TimTim Cox has been named Director of the Joplin CVB. He was born in Joplin and raised in Neosho, Mo. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.A. degree in communications/public relations. Cox spent 18 years with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA), starting as Skilled Crafts Supervisor / Communications, getting promoted to Convention Services Manager and finally accepting a position as the Director of Safety for the LVCVA. In 1994 Cox received the Convention Services Manager of the Year award from Successful Meetings Magazine. Cox served on the board and was president of the Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM) and was also a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) In June of 2007, Cox moved back to Neosho. He attended a tourism summit at Crowder College in July 2010 where he met Vince Lindstrom, Director of the Joplin CVB. Cox subsequently applied for and was offered the Director of Sales position that had just opened. However, Lindstrom soon retired from the director position. Cox sought to replace him, and was successful. Currently, the Joplin CVB is assisting the committee that founded the Mother Road Marathon in 2010 to help preserve it for the future as a key event for the area. Other goals include building and rebuilding relationships; defining the Joplin brand in the marketplace; and filling the calendar for 2011-2012. For more information, contact Tim Cox at (417) 625-4789 or [email protected]

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