Rashelle Beasley stands in front of the Albany Welcome Center Tuesday. Beasley has been named by Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Glover as the interim manager of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau.
ALBANY — Rashelle Beasley has been named interim manager of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Catherine Glover said Tuesday.
Beasley succeeds Lisa Riddle, who was terminated from the position last month. Since Riddle’s removal, there has been a push by local lawyer Phil Cannon and businessman Bo Henry to review the chamber’s relationship to the CVB and possibly separate the two.
Beasley has been with the CVB for three years and was the first manager of the visitors center located in the former Bridge House on Front Street. Before joining the CVB, she worked with The Albany Herald for 11 years in advertising sales.
“Rashelle has been a strong team player on the CVB team for more than three years now and has been a dedicated servant/leader for our community for most of her adult life,” Glover said in a statement to The Herald Tuesday. “She continuously meets and exceeds all of the expectations of her current position as manager of our Visitor Information Center and is a fair and ethically focused personnel manager. She is well-respected by her peers, is very savvy with regards to travel and tourism and is that rare individual that not only cares deeply for her community, but is also motivated by the intrinsic desire to simply serve her community with passion and dedication.
“Rashelle will play an important role with the CVB as we continue to reach new heights, and most importantly, continue to motivate thousands of visitors to spend many, many nights in Albany, Georgia.”
Glover, who currently is president of both the chamber and the CVB through an agreement set up by her predecessor, Tim Martin, and former City Manager Alfred Lott, said that Beasley was the logical choice to fill the void in the organization.
While at the CVB, Beasley helped redesign the organization’s website — visitalbanyga.com — and helped the Welcome Center achieve the Level 5 state of Georgia Regional Visitors Information Center certification, making Albany the only RVIC in the Southwest Georgia region, Glover said.
She has successfully completed the intense three-year curriculum of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College and will be receiving her Travel Marketing Professional certification in March 2012.
She currently oversees a staff of five visitor information clerks and is responsible for the daily operations of the Bridge House facility, Glover said.
In one of the rare times that Cannon has agreed with the chamber in the weeks since Riddle’s termination, he told The Herald Tuesday that Beasley was the person that should be in that spot in Riddle’s absence.
“Rashelle Beasley is the best person for that ... ,” Cannon said via email Tuesday. “Rashelle has been around a while and an integral part of the whole process. I am sure she would do a great job.”
Glover said Tuesday that she, Beasley and the CVB staff will work to continue to move the organization ahead in the coming months before a more permanent solution for who will be the director of the CVB is decided.