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State Honor To Lonnie Elmore Of Waterloo CVB


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A well-known member of the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau has won a major award from the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa.

Lonnie Elmore, Director of Group Sales at the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)  has won the 2010 ‘Leader in Tourism' Award.  Lonnie has worked for the Waterloo CVB for more than 13 years promoting tourism and recruiting groups to visit Waterloo. 

"Lonnie is always willing to lend a hand and is known to be the best grant writer in the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association.  I think she is also one of the most knowledgeable professionals in our industry and is ready and able to cross promote most any destination in the state of Iowa," Kim Burger, Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau, said in a written statement.

In addition to professional contributions, this award recognizes Elmore for her volunteer efforts both within Waterloo and throughout the state. Elmore has been an active member of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association and served on the board of directors for the Iowa Group Travel Association. Locally, Elmore has served on numerous event planning committees including Waterloo's 2010 RAGBRAI® stop, the John Deere Fall Fest and with My Waterloo Days.

Through her position at the Waterloo CVB, Elmore has worked with countless family, class and military reunions. Recently, Elmore coordinated the 2011 reunion for the USS The Sullivans, the U.S. Navy vessel, which pays tribute to the World War 2 sacrifices of Waterloo's five Sullivan Brothers, whom all died on the USS Juneau during WWII.

Elmore has not only worked to advance tourism in Waterloo, but also works to promote the city itself. A Waterloo native, Elmore has extensive knowledge of the city's history and shares that with local groups, as well as visiting groups as a step-on guide. Her Waterloo pride can be seen in the dozens of antique Waterloo artifacts she keeps in her office at the Waterloo CVB.

"Not only is Lonnie's pride infectious when she is working with visitors, it also reminds people from Waterloo how great our community is for all of us," Aaron Buzza, Executive Director of the Waterloo CVB, said in a written statement. "Lonnie has been told by city officials that she should be the director of first impressions for the community because of her passion for showing off all of Waterloo."

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele



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