Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee

Meetings: Meetings are to be held quarterly at noon at the Welcome Center, 2700 Vine Street. Meetings in 2024 will be held on the following dates:

January 17, 2024
April 17, 2024
July 17, 2024
October 16, 2024

The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee’s mission is to seek ways to further encourage and promote the development of tourism and conventions in the City of Hays.


This Committee consists of eleven (11) voting members with 3-year terms including six members that are engaged in the hotel, motel, or lodging industry. In addition to the members of the Committee, the City Manager of the City of Hays, Kansas, and the Executive Director of the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce shall be ex officio members without the right to vote.

  • Ian Trevethan (Sternberg Museum)
    Expires 2-9-2026 (1st term)
  • (Open Position) (hotel rep)
  • Natashia Cecil (Holiday Inn Express & Suites) (1st term)
    Expires February 25, 2024
  • Elinda Mages (Avid Hotel)        Expires 8-24-2026 (4th term - nonconsecutive)
  • Emmy VanDerWege (Fairfield by Marriott) (3rd term)
    Expires 2-9-2026
  • Aaron Dreher (Creek Side Resort) Expires 4-27-2026 (1st term)
  • Brent Schulte (Thirsty's/Gella's) Expires 4-27-2026 (1st term)
  • Angelica Southard (Hampton Inn)  Expires 10-26-2026 (2nd term - nonconsecutive)
  • Jeremy Gill (Hays Public Library)
    Expires January 10, 2025 (2nd term)
  • Stacey Smith (FHSU Tourism and Hospitality) (5th term)
    Expires February 25, 2024
  • Amanda Rupp (Ellis County Historical Society) (1st term)
    Expires September 14, 2026
  • Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Ex Officio Member
  • City Manager
    Ex Officio Member