Hesper native named new county tourism director
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 11:48 AM
A Hesper native has accepted the position as director of the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Charlene Corson Selbee, a 1976 North Winneshiek graduate, plans to return to the area and begin work with the WCCVB May 28.
“I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get back home,” said Selbee of her new position.
Selbee currently works as an adjunct instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, where she teaches hospitality and tourism.
“My whole career has been focused on tourism, specifically sustainable tourism,” said Selbee.
“Sustainable tourism is a discipline where you involve the entire community, and you look at not just the financial bottom line, but the cultural and environmental bottom lines we well.”
Selbee said her two grown children and nine grandchildren are supportive of her move.
“Even though they grew up here, they often spent summers on the farm (near Hesper) and have always felt like that is home. They will be coming back to visit a whole lot,” she said.
WCCVB Board President Steve Luse said, “The Board is real excited to welcome Charlene. She will help take us to a new level of tourism activity as a destination.”
Randy Uhl, director of Winneshiek County Development added, “We very much look forward to Charlene continuing on an aggressive track of promoting all the great experiences visitors to Winneshiek County are now able to have.
“Charlene brings a breadth of direct tourism director experience and her skill set fits in nicely with present and planned Winneshiek County tourism marketing efforts.”
About Corson Selbee
Selbee holds a masters of tourism administration from George Washington University and a bachelors of business administration in travel and tourism from the University of New Mexico.
She has spent more than 15 years in the New Mexico tourism industry, focused on creating sustainable tourism.
Throughout her career, Selbee has worked for the City of Rio Rancho, the New Mexico Department of Tourism, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Mexico Wine Growers Association.
She also worked for the Cooperative Extension Service's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project at New Mexico State University and spent three years as the tourism and senior marketing manager for Acoma Business Enterprises.
She has taught tourism and work-readiness classes at the New Mexico State University and Central New Mexico Community College.
In addition to serving on the ASK Academy (a New Mexico charter school) Board of Directors, she is a Pro-Start mentor at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Sandoval County 4-H project leader and a member of the New Mexico Rosemalers Association and Enchanted Painters.