The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau (dba Visit Brookings) became a 501c6 organization on January 1, 2020. Prior to that, the organization existed as part of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1982 the organization was created as a Chamber committee. By 2012, Chamber leadership, recognizing the need to elevate the focus and priority of the visitor industry in Brookings, took initial steps to separate the two entities by creating the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board and developing a separate CVB budget. Discussions started in earnest in 2019 with both the Chamber and CVB in favor or separating. Paperwork was soon filed and a few months later, the new organization was born.
Visit Brookings Board of Directors
Aaron Carsrud, Comfort Suites University Vice
Jamison Lamp, SDSU President’s Office Vice Chair
Lisa Marotz, McCrory Gardens Secretary/Treasurer
Randy Soma, Brookings School District Past Chair
Mark Hyde, South Dakota Soybean Processors (BEDC Representative)
Michael Johnson, Pheasant Restaurant
Seth Koch, Wooden Legs Brewing Company
Jacob Meshke, City of Brookings (City Representative)
Sarah Pitts, University Marketing & Communications
Tom Richter, Swiftel Center
Nick Schmeichel, Sideline Productions
Laci Thompson, Pasque
Kari Westland (Chamber Representative)
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