Learn more about the brilliant minds behind the Southern Hospitality Internship Program.
Meet the members of our team!
Barbara Joines, Interim Director
Southern Hospitality Internship Program
Advisory Board Members
The Southern Hospitality Internship Program (SHIP) Advisory Committee is a collection of individuals who bring unique tourism and workforce knowledge to this new program. The advisory committee does not have formal authority to govern the organization, that is, the advisory committee cannot issue directives which must be followed. Rather, the advisory committee serves to make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the Sevier County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) Board of Directors. The advisory committee will play an important public relations role as well as providing the SHIP Director and staff with a fresh perspective on programmatic issues.
Since the SCEDC Board of Directors has ultimate governance authority for the organization, the advisory committee is able to focus narrowly on specific areas of the program in order to advise or support the SHIP Director.
Each member will serve a 2-year term or until the organization receives a not-for-profit status. At that point a board of directors will be established for the organization and will become a stand-alone organization outside of the SCEDC.
Gatlinburg Convention Visitor’s Bureau
Ober Gatlinburg, Inc.
Area General Manager
Citadel Construction/The Cherokee Group
Collier Restaurant Group
Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism
SCEDC Board of Directors
Barbara Joines – Committee Chair
Let Us Look Now, LLC
Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
The Dollywood Company
World Choice Investments
The Park Vista, a Doubletree by Hilton
Old Mill’s Pottery House Cafe