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CVB director Hannah Walters resigning, moving to Aberdeen

Hannah Walters

Hannah Walters, director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, is resigning after making the decision to relocate with her family to Aberdeen.

Walters said leaving her position was a difficult decision to make. "My work here has been very rewarding to me," she said. "I thoroughly enjoyed working in the community." Walters said her husband "received a job offer that significantly advances his career." "With that promotion, we've made the decision to relocate as a family together," she said.

Walters said she informed the CVB's board of directors of her decision at a meeting last Wednesday, and told the chamber board of directors last Thursday.

The CVB is a division of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, whose executive director is Bryan Hisel. The CVB works to attract tourists, hunters, conventions and other potential visitors and events to the city.

"I'm going to miss her a great deal," Hisel said of Walters. "She's one of the most professional people I've ever had the pleasure of working with."

Hisel said Walters was instrumental in expanding the CVB's digital presence through its website and other social media outlets, which provided a needed update to the CVB's marketing effort.

Walters also developed relationships with other tourism organizations, Hisel said, and was appointed to the state tourism board.

With a chamber-supported study geared toward revitalizing the Corn Palace and the surrounding area still pending, Walters said she will greatly miss that and many other projects she was working on at the CVB.

"I have had such a great experience over the last three years," she said. "I think there is a lot I'm going to miss. It's really going to be the people that I miss the most."

Walters said her resignation will be effective at the end of January. She was hired in January 2009.

Hisel said announcements have already been made to attract potential candidates for the job, and he hopes to interview and find a replacement before Walters' departure.

He added he is confident none of the projects the CVB is working on will be negatively affected during the transition.

"We have great volunteer leadership," Hisel said. "We've got a team of people. We fill in for each other. We help each other."