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ACVB director announces upcoming retirement

AMES, IOWA – Long-time President and CEO of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Julie Weeks
has announced her retirement effective May 31, 2019. A nationwide search for a new leader for the
organization will begin immediately.

Weeks took on her current role with the Bureau in 2000. In 2003 she was given added responsibilities to
lead the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Conference Planning and Management department
to form a unique joint relationship between the University and the Ames community. The collaboration
was formed to help attract and provide services for hundreds of events held in Ames each year.

An Iowa native, Weeks spent her professional life excelling in the hospitality and travel industry. After
beginning her career in Provo, Utah, Julie returned to Iowa and joined the team opening the Gateway
Hotel and Conference Center in 1978, serving as the Director of Operations and General Manager. In
1993, Weeks assumed a new position as the Director of Conference Services for the Iowa State Center
just one week after the Scheman Building and Hilton Coliseum were flooded. After tackling the challenge
of rebuilding, Weeks led the creation of a new conference unit to transition the Scheman Building into a
more public conference center for both University and non-University programs.

Among her successes, Julie takes pride in the work she and her staff have done to attract the first ever
Special Olympics National Games (2006), coordinate two RAGBRAI overnight stops (2010, 2018), and
secure long-term contracts for such mega-events including the Farm Progress Show, Odyssey of the Mind
World Finals, and Iowa FFA Leadership Conference.

“The collaborative effort between ISU and the Ames convention & Visitors Bureau has given me many
opportunities and experiences that I greatly appreciate both personally and professionally,” Weeks shared
with colleagues and board members. “While I still thoroughly enjoy working with the staff and the events,
I know it’s time for me to take on more personal initiatives,” said Weeks.

ACVB Board Chair Jim Baker recognizes all that Weeks has contributed to both the organization and the
community and knows there will be big shoes to fill.

“Julie has grown the Bureau from essentially nothing to an organization with more than 20 staff
representing both the community and the university. She forged paths where no one had gone before to
raise the visibility of Ames and Central Iowa. We are so grateful for all her contributions,” said Baker.

A nationwide search for a new President and CEO is underway. The search and hiring process will be
handled with the professional guidance of a consultant familiar with the community and organization
along with input from a taskforce of local members.

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