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Ridgeland Tourism announces new staff and promotions

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission (RTC) has announced two new staff members and two promotions within Ridgeland’s destination marketing organization.

Hannah Wilkins of Ridgeland, formerly an event planner with Kendall Poole, has been selected as the Group Sales Manager to focus on meetings and conferences, reunions, weddings and the group leisure market. Wilkins was also a leadership development consultant and brings with her three years of experience in event coordination, project management and digital marketing.

Karen Vance of Brandon, formerly an accountant with Heritage Properties SPC, has been named the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the operations of the RTC and the Visitors Center. Karen brings over 15 years of experience excelling in management, human resources, customer service and business operations. She replaces Shirley Williams who retired in September of 2019.

Kelly Mott of Madison has been promoted to Vice President of Communications and Marketing with an emphasis in digital platforms. Mott joined Visit Ridgeland in July of 2017 with over 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry in central Alabama and east Tennessee. As a seasoned tourism marketing professional, Mott is responsible for strategically planning and implementing all segments of Ridgeland Tourism Commission’s digital and print communications, public relations and marketing/advertising efforts with RTC’s agency of record.

Mina Thorgeson of Ridgeland has been promoted to Deputy Director and Vice President of Sales and Events. Thorgeson joined Visit Ridgeland as Director of Sales in 2010 and has successfully led the tourism efforts to establish Ridgeland as a sports and leisure destination. She has secured collegiate, professional and national events that attract attendees from around the country. As an avid cyclist herself, Thorgeson promotes the Ridgeland brand as an active lifestyle destination with events attractive to both locals and tourists.

It’s brand, “Ridgeland…Inside + Out” positions Ridgeland as a destination for active travelers seeking style and substance, where the integration of an outdoor lifestyle with modern, upscale design means whatever a traveler is doing, a backdrop of beauty and possibility await.


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