Name: Laura Beth Strickland
Position: Communications Manager
Company: Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Laura Beth Strickland says with pride that she is a Vicksburg girl through and through.
Born and raised in the Mississippi River town, Strickland once told her kindergarten class that she wanted to be a police officer so she could have lots of police dogs.
While the law enforcement career may have been a childhood dream, Strickland is serving her city in other ways at the Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“I can’t think of anything better suited for me,” Strickland says. “I get to promote a city that I love for a living.” Strickland handles a combination of duties to promote Vicksburg as a tourist destination for everyone from outlet shoppers and casino gamers to Civil War and blues history buffs.
With a passion for online marketing, Strickland manages a number of websites and social media networks and creates the annual visitor’s guide.
“The future of tourism in Vicksburg and Mississippi is optimistic,” she says. “Visitors are amazed at our state’s history and culture and love to experience what we have to offer.”
Strickland is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism and English and previously worked for PMQ Pizza Magazine, the Vicksburg Post and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Strickland advises young professionals to always be conscious that they not only represent the company but themselves. “You want to dress and act like a professional in all circumstances whether that means in person, on the phone, through an email or on social networks.”
In addition to her work, Strickland is an active volunteer with the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, RiverFest and the Vicksburg Main Street Association. For fun, Strickland enjoys running, shopping and spending time with her husband and chocolate Labrador.
Best thing about Mississippi: “It warms my heart when visitors tell me how wonderful our hospitality is.”
Best Mississippi event: Dixie National Rodeo
Favorite Mississippi food: Tomatoes
Favorite TV show: “The Big Bang Theory”
Favorite movie: “Cinderella”
Favorite music: Country
Twitter handle: @VisitVicksburg
Heroes: “My parents have always been my heroes. They have taught me that having faith and working hard will keep you in balance.”
Favorite hangout spots: Eagle Lake, Beechwood
Bucket List: “I hope to one day be able to get up on water skis or a wake board.”