• Discover Lehigh Valley Honors President’s Retirement and Advances Search Process

     
    POSTED April 10, 2018
     

Discover Lehigh Valley, the destination marketing organization that promotes tourism in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh and Northampton counties, announced President Michael Stershic will retire at the end of 2018.

“I’ve been fortunate to live and work in Lehigh Valley for more than 35 years, and it’s been a true honor to serve in this role for 14 of those years,” said Stershic.

Stershic made the announcement at the group’s board of directors meeting. “I’ve been fortunate to work alongside incredible colleagues who strive to fulfill our mission every day, helping to promote our wonderful downtowns, attractions, festivals, venues, restaurants and sporting events that drive tourism and investment in our region,” said Stershic.

Kassie Hilgert is president and chief executive officer of ArtsQuest and chair of Discover Lehigh Valley’s board of directors. Hilgert noted, “Mike has been a champion and incredible advocate for the entire Lehigh Valley during an exceptional time of growth as it relates to new tourism attractions and hotels. Mike’s leadership has helped to drive tremendous growth and visibility for the region and Discover Lehigh Valley, and we are grateful to him for his passion, dedication and support. We wish him the best and congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement.”

In anticipation of Stershic’s career milestone, the Executive Committee of Discover Lehigh Valley’s board of directors appointed a search committee to be led by Hilgert and Lehigh Valley IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes.

“I am confident in the board of directors and the team we have in place to ensure this important work not only continues, but also thrives,” concluded Stershic.

The board of directors will begin its search for qualified candidates and allow time for transition over the next nine months.

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

 

One day, a customer walked into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia and asked to pre-purchase a slice of pizza for a homeless person who didn’t have $1.

Now, all customers have the option to buy a $1 slice for themselves and pay another $1 to underwrite the cost of a slice for someone in need.

“[The donation process] has grown very organically from there,” says Mason Warman founder and owner of the restaurant.

 

It was announced in late February that during the month of March uber-restaurateur Stephen Starr would be introducing a unique "Support our Schools" program in his 20 Philadelphia restaurants.

Philadelphia schools have long been a subject of discontent and Starr’s plans to raise $100,000 during the one-month period would help support multimedia labs, elementary school playgrounds and six-week summer internships. Starr’s restaurants average 40,000 customers per week and diners would be encouraged to add a donation when paying their bill.