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AUGUST 2015 E-BULLETIN
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Save the Date for the 2015 Media Reception
Thursday, October 22
Arizona Biltmore Resort

One of VHRA's most popular events will once again take place at the Arizona Biltmore in October. The annual Media Reception offers the opportunity to network with the Valley's top local media contacts, meet local elected officials, enjoy time with your peers and sample the Valley's best hotel and resort cuisine. This is a highly anticipated event with limited availability, but sponsorships are still available.

Trends in Disability Litigation Affecting Your Property
September 16, 2015, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
the Saguaro

Learn how to avoid costly litigation at this discussion involving the property transportation, website promotions, pool and spa requirements and more. Led by one of the nation's experts in ADA Title III litigation, David Raizman of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward, P.C., this topic will provide tips and trends on ADA compliance and also to protect members from costly claims. To register, download the registration form or email Hannah Fullmer.
INDUSTRY/MEMBER NEWS
Sherry Henry Retires from the Arizona Office of Tourism
Governor Ducey Taps Debbie Johnson for Director Role

Governor Doug Ducey announced last week the retirement of Sherry Henry from the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) and named Debbie Johnson as the new AOT Director. Governor Ducey thanked Sherry Henry for her many years of dedicated service to Arizona Tourism and the important role that she played during our industry's most challenging times.

Debbie Johnson officially takes the reins at her new role on August 31st. Debbie has served as the President & CEO of VHRA for 20 years. We applaud Governor Ducey for selecting the best and brightest candidate to continue to propel the success of Arizona tourism and we express gratitude to Sherry for representing our industry with professionalism and grace.

HIKING SAFETY GUIDE AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Scottsdale CVB has created an online guide to assist in educating visitors about how to stay safe on our mountain trails. With the immense beauty of our Sonoran Desert, summer visitors are enthusiastic about exploring the outdoors and our industry strives to keep visitors safe and informed. VHRA and AzLTA are also working with the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire on a "Take a Hike, Do it Right" campaign that will provide printable brochures for member distribution. Click here to see the Scottsdale CVB guide and feel free to share it with employees, guests, fans and friends.

VHRA Encourages Member to Sign the Unity Pledge
The VHRA Board of Directors unanimously approved the Association's signature on the Unity Pledge last April. It's a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies. To sign the UNITY Pledge, visit www.OpenAZ.co.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Lodging Members
Staybridge Suites Glendale
Julie Hale, General Manager
Phone: (623) 842-0000
Website: www.staybridgesuites.com/phxglendaleaz
Rooms: 116

Graduate Tempe
Trent Collicott, General Manager
Phone: (480) 967-9431
Website: www.graduatetempe.com
Rooms: 140

Allied Members
National Bank of Arizona
Pamela Keefe, VP & Nonprofit Banking Mgr
Phone: (602) 212-5634
Email: pamela.keefe@nbarizona.com
Website: www.nbarizona.com

Peppertree Marketing
Sharon Villegas, President
Phone: (480) 216-1214
Email: sharon@peppertreemarketing.com
Website: www.peppertreemarketing.com

Expedia, Inc.
Leilani Cabuntala, Market Manager
Phone: (623) 322-0814
Email: lcabuntala@expedia.com
Website: www.expedia.com
Allied Members (Continued)
Life Quest Training & Consulting
Nanette Bowles, Owner
Phone: (623) 826-0140
Email: nanette@lifequesttraining.com
Website: www.lifequesttraining.com

Mariposa Landscape Arizona
John Maleske, Estimator
Phone: (623) 203-4339
Email: john.maleske@mariposa-az.com
Website: www.mariposa-az.com

AZ Big Media
Ann McSherry, Director of Sales
Phone: (602) 277-6045
Email: ann.mcsherry@azbigmedia.com
Website: www.azbigmedia.com


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