GRETCHEN HALL

  • GRETCHEN HALL

Gretchen Hall, who’s been interim director of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau since Dan O’Byrne left for a job in Florida, was chosen to be the new director today by the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission.

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The commission voted unanimously after going into executive session for nearly 30 minutes.

“I have a love for this city and this destination that runs deep in me,” Hall said. “I think it’s a great opportunity.”

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Hall said her first priority will be to get new bond projects in the works as current bonds expire in 2015. She also said she needs to find a sales leader to replace Dennis Tracy who left last month for a job in Florida.

Hall’s starting salary will be $117,500. She started in 2001 on the operations side of the commission and moved to sales and marketing about six years ago. Hall grew up in Sheridan, went to Mt. St. Mary’s in Little Rock. She then went on to Lyon College and has a masters degree from UALR in business administration.

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Now some of the city politics underlying this: