Company: Augusta, Gainesville Convention and Vistors’ Bureaus
Location: Cleveland, Georgia, United States
Helen Fincher Hardman, President at Augusta, Gainesville Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in tourism administration.
In a nearly four-decade-long career as a tourism consultant, Ms. Hardman has provided superior service the president of several CVBs (Convention and Visitors Bureaus) in Georgia. The bureaus are separate not-for-profit organizations that promote visitor and business travel that generates overnight lodging for a destination. A piano major at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and a self-taught accordion player, she entered the tourism industry owing to her creativity and skills in writing grants.
After moving to Helen, Georgia, which became popular as a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine Village, she was the first person hired to market the city with its newfound identity. Ms. Hardman excelled as executive director of Helen’s Chamber of Commerce from 1980 to 1987, overseeing one of the oldest Oktobefest celebrations in the United States, attracting more than three million tourists every year.
Subsequently, Ms. Hardman served as president of the Augusta, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1987 to 1994 and president of the Gainesville-Hall County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1995 to 2006. Currently volunteering with the Sautee Nacoochee Center, a nonprofit organization that records history and culture of North Georgia, she has been assisting their marketing efforts for a boutique hotel that she found for them. A music lover, Ms. Hardman recently retired as a pianist after serving as pianist and organist throughout Georgia for 70 years.
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