The long-term, contracted executive director of the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EOVA), Alice Trindle, announced her retirement and submitted her formal resignation to the EOVA Board of Directors today. Ms. Trindle has been a vital part of Eastern Oregon tourism and the EOVA organization for nearly thirty years.
Ms. Trindle has helped the organization through profound change and industry growth, working to successfully position Eastern Oregon as an influence in regional economic development and tourism policy. In 2017, Eastern Oregon tourism generated annual total economic impacts of more than $365 million, with nearly 6,000 region-wide residents employed in the hospitality industry. Ms. Trindle’s dedication to the industry and the sustainability of Eastern Oregon’s natural assets are a lasting legacy to Oregonians and residents across the region.
“Alice’s dedication and leadership has been integral in defining the brand, character and potential of Eastern Oregon as a nationally competitive visitor destination and we wish her every success in her well-deserved retirement,” said Timothy Bishop, president of the EOVA Board. “On behalf of the Board and the expansive region of Eastern Oregon, we are grateful that Alice’s contributions leave a lasting impact that has positioned EOVA to take on our next phase of growth and development as Eastern Oregon’s Regional Destination Management Association.”
During this transition, the EOVA Board of Directors will lead with implementation of its new leadership and governance plan. The plan incorporates the outcomes of an extensive strategic planning process which has been in Board development since October. EOVA is preparing to renew an intensive 6-year commitment to serve as Eastern Oregon’s Regional Destination Management Organization for Travel Oregon, when the new term begins July 1, 2019. The search for EOVA’s next Executive Director will begin immediately after the holidays.