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About the Rapid City CVB

The Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau, often called the Rapid City CVB, is a non-profit destination marketing organization promoting leisure travel, special/sporting events and group travel/tours to Rapid City and the Black Hills Area.

MISSION STATEMENT

“To market the Rapid City area as a convention and leisure destination and to promote economic growth that will enhance the area for visitors and residents"

CVB HISTORY

The Rapid City CVB was organized in July 1971 and is a separately supported bureau of the Chamber of Commerce. John Kolb was the first Executive Director of CVB and John Derby was the first elected chairman of the CVB. After the flood of 1972, the CVB was a great supporter of the new civic center and the first convention signed for Rapid City Civic Center was the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

The CVB has been an integral part of Black Hills tourism, promoting events such as the first Farmer’s Market in 1982, “Good Morning America” broadcasting live from Mt. Rushmore in 1986, the new “Great Faces, Great Places” Tourism Theme revealed in Pierre in 1990, the premiere of Dances with Wolves in Rapid City in 1990, President Bush dedicating Mt. Rushmore’s 50th Anniversary in 1991 and hosting the first annual Travel Writers Convention in 1993. The CVB celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 which coincided with the new Main Street Square opening in downtown Rapid City.

The CVB Staff
 

You can contact the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-487-3223 or sending an email.

Julie Schmitz Jensen

Executive Director

Oversees the overall operation and administration of the bureau.

Jody Sperlich

Director of Operations

Assists with management of the bureau and provides staff support.

Debbi Fitch

Administrative Assistant

Handles all secretarial aspects related to the CVB, as well as managing visitor inquiries.

Julie Jones Whitcher

Director of Tourism

Manages all sales and marketing activities related to the leisure market and serves as the contact for media inquiries, including travel writers.

Lindsey Beasley

Manager of Tourism Sales 

Assists with the coordination of sales and marketing activities related to the leisure market, including travel professionals.

Lisa Storms

Director of Convention Sales

Manages the development of meeting and convention business, specifically Agriculture, Government, Native American and Medical, as well as providing planning assistance for such events.

Tyson Steiger

Manager of Convention Sales

Assists with the development of meeting and convention business, specifically Religious, Education, Military and Trade Associations, as well as providing planning assistance for such events.

Stacie Granum

Director of Marketing

Manages the CVB's branding, marketing and public relations efforts.

Shiloh Day

Marketing Assistant

Assists in the coordination of marketing projects, develops social media content and maintains the CVB's website.

Domico Rodriguez

Director of Sports & Events

Manages the development of sports and events business, as well as providing planning assistance to such events.