Ottumwa, Iowa – Oct. 28, 2014 – Mark Eckman has tendered his resignation as director of the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Eckman did so during the Bridge View Center, Inc. Board of Director’s regularly scheduled meeting earlier today. (The Ottumwa Area CVB is a sub-unit of Bridge View Center, Inc.) The resignation is the result of Eckman accepting an offer to become the next executive director of the Council Bluffs CVB. He will lead the OACVB through the end of Nov.
The Bridge View Board will form a search committee to begin the process to hire a new OACVB director. The board is considering some options to make the transition to a new director as easy as possible while addressing the day-to-day operations of the bureau.
Eckman started his tenure at the OACVB four and a half years ago on June 1, 2010. During that time, hotel/motel taxes have hit record levels during the two most recent fiscal years. The community hosted the Iowa State WBA USBC tournament, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association convention, and 3-I Chili Cook Off during the last four years. In addition, the bureau secured the opportunity to host the Iowa Tourism Conference, Oct. 21-23, 2015.