Out and About In Downtown Lexington
With hopes of more pandemic restrictions being lifted, many are anxious to get out and about this summer. Well as you venture out and about, you may notice some changes to our downtown landscape. Our next Forum meeting will highlight some of those changes.
Please join Brandi L. Peacher, Director of Project Management, Office of the Mayor for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Gathan Borden, Vice President of Marketing for VisitLEX and Marci Krueger-Sidebottom, Vice President of Sales and Services for VisitLex, who will provide overviews of Lexington’s downtown development projects including the Central Bank Center, the Distillery District and Town Branch Commons.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 6, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Out And About In Downtown Lexington
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Gathan D. Borden is the Vice President of Marketing for VisitLEX, the Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this role, he oversees the advertising, branding, marketing, public relations, social media, visitor services and web strategies for the city of Lexington as it relates to travel and tourism.
Gathan spent the first seven and half years of his tourism career at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau in various marketing roles, before accepting the role of Vice President of Marketing at VisitLEX in July of 2015, where he oversees the Marketing department and the Visitors Center. As a much sought-after industry speaker, he speaks frequently at local, regional and national tourism conferences across the country on various marketing topics and trends, and is consistently ranked among the “Most Influential Tourism Professionals on Twitter”.
He received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a double major in Business Management and Business Marketing from the University of Kentucky in 2001, and in May of 2009, he received his Master’s of Business Administration at Webster University. He is a board member of the U.S. Travel Association’s Destination Council Board of Advisors, the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and an Advisory Council Member of the eTourism Summit,. And given his love for bourbon, he is a founding member of the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild which seeks to honor the history of minority’s contributions to the bourbon industry and increase the representation of minority cultures in the spirits industry.
In 2013, Gathan was honored to be a “40 under 40” recipient from Business First of Louisville, given to the top forty leaders under the age of 40 in the city of Louisville, and in that same year, he completed the Certified Hospitality Digital Marketing (CHDM) program through Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). In 2011 he was recognized as a “Top 40 under 40” recipient by both CONNECT and Rejuvenate magazines, as one of the hospitality industry’s up and coming future leaders. He has been featured in the Who’s Who in Black Louisville publication, honoring the city’s professional, community and civic leaders, and in 2008, he was awarded the “Hot Ten Award” by the American Advertising Federation of Louisville, given annually to the top 10 local advertising professionals under the age of 30 in Louisville. He is a graduate of the Ignite Louisville program at the Leadership Louisville Center, which is a program that prepares the community’s emerging leaders to build a better Louisville, and is a Commissioned Kentucky Colonel.
Marci Krueger was born in a city known for tourism, Niagara Falls, NY. She quickly gravitated to a variety of jobs in the fun and exciting world of travel and tourism and knew that industry would make her happy each day.
She graduated from Northwood University in Midland, MI and started her career in the food and beverage discipline. Within a few years she was convinced by her mentor to move her talents and enthusiasm into the sales arena.
She established great friendships and business partners in each of the cities that she worked in. (Niagara Falls; Buffalo NY; Ithaca, NY; Tulsa, OK; Chattanooga, TN; Osage Beach, MO; Chicagoland area and St. Louis, MO.) She also actively worked with the local Convention and Visitors Bureaus teams and served on several tourism and marketing committees.
In 2005 her journey then took her to the beautiful city of Lexington KY as the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. This was the first time that she stepped foot in Lexington and soon discovered that this felt like home.
After 27 years with Marriott Hotels Marci joined VisitLEX as the VP of Sales and Services in 2015. Marci leads the meeting & convention sales proactive efforts and the convention services team.
Marci’s husband Jeff Sidebottom and daughter Ellee enjoy spending time together boating and traveling but are excited to say Lexington, KY “is home”.
Brandi L. Peacher
Director of Project Management, Office of the Mayor
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Peacher attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Masters in Architecture. Her architecture and urban design career has allowed her to work on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects in Chicago, Dubai, and Lexington. Today, Peacher oversees the group of projects under the Town Branch Commons umbrella. Her primary focus is on the implementation of Town Branch Commons Trail, a publicly funded 2 mile walking, jogging, and cycling trail linking downtown parks into a cohesive system.
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