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CVB Advisory Board & Staff


The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is your official guide for things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and how to make the most of your trip to Crawford County, in Southeast Kansas.

Mission Statement
“The mission of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote travel and tourism in Crawford County, Kansas through sporting events, conventions, conferences and general travel. Utilize attractions, facilities and accommodations to promote travel and economic growth in Crawford County.”


Advisory Board

Duties & Responsibilities

The Advisory Board provides input to the Crawford County CVB as it seeks to fulfill its mission.

  • CVB Full Board Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 8:00 a.m. CST. (February, April, June, August, October & December) – Annual Meeting is 2nd Wednesday of January at 12 p.m.
  • CVB Executive Committee Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 8 a.m. CST (March, May, July, September & November).
  • Budget review

CVB Advisory Board Members

Board MemberTerm ExpiresRepresents
Devin Gorman
Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ex OfficioTravel & Tourism
Blake Benson
Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Ex OfficioTravel & Tourism
Jessica Ripper
Girard Area Chamber of Commerce
Ex OfficioTravel & Tourism
Nate Davis
Pittsburg State University Athletics
December 31, 2021Attraction
* Connor Ossowski
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
December 31, 2021Travel & Tourism
Justin Shaffer
McCune City Council
December 31, 2021Travel & Tourism
* Shelby Cannon
Pearls & Curls
December 31, 2022Attraction
Secretary/Treasurer
Lynn Grant
Retired
December 31, 2022Travel & Tourism
Jeff McKain
Kansas Crossing Casino
December 31, 2022Attraction
Board Chairperson
Sara Vacca
Pittsburg Parks & Recreation
December 31, 2022Travel & Tourism
*Sooki Fields
Frisco Event Center
December 31, 2023Attraction
*Rick Hardy, PhD
Pittsburg State University
December 31, 2023Travel & Tourism
Vice-Chairperson
*LaWana Johnson
Holiday Inn Express
December 31, 2023Hotel Representative
*Courtney Powell
Comfort Inn and Suites
December 31, 2023Hotel Representative
* Eligible for re-election

Application to be considered for the Advisory Board

All applicants must be residents of Crawford County, Kansas. Download the file below, limit all answers to available space, then email the document to dgorman (at) visitcrawfordcounty.com.


CVB Staff

Executive Director
Devin Gorman

dgorman (at) visitcrawfordcounty.com
620-231-1212

The past decade has been a very exciting time for Pittsburg and Crawford County, and we enjoy showcasing our community to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. During your visit to Crawford County, I encourage you to explore all we have to offer. Crawford County features a variety of entertainment options, distinctive attractions, a rich history, inspiring outdoor recreation, delicious dining options, superb shopping, an eclectic arts and music scene, championship sports venues, and so much more. From morning coffee shops, to evening brewpubs, to an active nightlife, we guarantee your entire day will be filled with excitement and unforgettable experiences. I invite you to come and experience the wonderful community that my family and I call home!

Communications Manager
Chris Wilson

cwilson (at) visitcrawfordcounty.com
620-231-1212

I have an unhealthy obsession with audience experience and telling folks about events before they happen. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been a DJ for KKOW AM-FM, a web producer for KOAM TV/Fox 14, a reporter for the Columbus Daily Advocate (when it was still an evening newspaper), and did publicity and community outreach for a small rural school district like USD 247 Southeast. Once A Gorilla, Always A Gorilla.