The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a new Tourism Director in Michelle Kim.Kim’s connections to the community are diverse including owning Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, and previously holding posts at the Knox County Housing Authority and Costa Catholic Academy as their Marketing and Development Director. In all these capacities she’s reported to have had experiences in marketing and promotions.
She will now manage day-to-day operations of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, carry out tourism development projects and implement programs on behalf of Galesburg tourism. The Convention and Visitory’s Bureau is a division of and is overseen by the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kim succeeds Bill Morris who was director for four years before resigning in July.
Since then Chamber Director Jessica Linder has acted as interim tourism director.
Linder says tourism numbers in the past several years are good in terms of number of visitors, hotel/motel as well as food, retail and gas. She believes that Kim is who the Chamber needs to “take a very critical look at our operations to drive results even further.”
Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors Tom McIntire says that Kim’s “roots in Galesburg run deep” and it’s rare that someone with experience in so many facets crucial to directing tourism could be found in “our own backyard.”