While the Beaumont CVB is a department of the City of Beaumont, its funding comes exclusively from the City's Hotel Occupancy Tax. These taxes are collected and paid by visitors who spend the night in Beaumont hotels. The City of Beaumont collects these "HOT" taxes and distributes the funds to the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Beaumont Civic Center, and the Arts & Historical Preservation organizations. Funding for the CVB is directly related to the health and growth of Beaumont hotel occupancy tax collections; so consequently, all of the CVB's activities are focused on growing and replenishing this fund.
The CVB Executive Director reports to the City Manager. The CVB Advisory Board Members are appointed by the Mayor and the Beaumont City Council Members and serve two-year terms. The advisory board helps guide the bureau in fulfilling its mission to promote Beaumont as a meeting and vacation destination.
Mayor Becky Ames
Council member Gethrel 'Get' Williams-Wright, At-Large
Council member W.L. Pate, Jr., At-Large
Council member Claude F. Guidroz, Ward 1
Council member Mike Getz, Ward 2
Council member Audwin Samuel, Ward 3
Council member Robin Mouton, Ward 4
City Manager Kyle Hayes
The purpose of the CVB Board is advisory in nature to City Council and CVB Executive Director. It shall participate in an advisory capacity in the planning and implementation of the goals and objectives of the CVB by providing strategies, resources and evaluation as needed by the Executive Director.
City Council Liaisons: Council member W.L. Pate, Jr. & Council member Mike Getz
Staff Liaison: Dean Conwell
Board Chair: Ryan Smith
Past Chair: Ann Rothkamm
Vice Chair: Molly Dahm, PhD
Board Members: Frank Messina, Arthur Berry, George Crawford, Carol Dixon, Ava Graves, Allen Perkins, Valerie Linton, Richard James, Jake Tortorice, Vertress Slack, Joanne Broussard, Steve McGaha, Punit Sheth.
Ex-Officio Members: Mel Wright, Rocky Chase, Dr. Richard LeBlanc.
Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board Members attend ten meetings annually to stay current on bureau operations, finance, direction and to review sales, tourism, and marketing reports. Board Members are totally versed on all tourism attractions, convention facilities, and related activities in order to fulfill their duties as the community liaison.