Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee

Meetings: Meetings are to be held quarterly at noon at the Welcome Center, 2700 Vine Street. Meetings in 2023 will be held on the following dates:

January 10, 2023
April 11, 2023
July 11, 2023
October 10, 2023

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 tourist camp 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.

  • (Open Position) (Non-Hotel) 
  • (Open Position) (Hotel Rep)    
  • Natashia Cecil (Holiday Inn Express & Suites)
    Expires February 25, 2024 (1st term)
  • (Open Position) (Hotel Rep)
  • Emmy VanDerWege (Fairfield by Marriott)
    Expired December 1, 2022 - (2nd term) 
  • Molly Gauger (At-Large Position)
    Expires February 25, 2024 - (2nd term)
  • Teegan Zachary (Quality Inn)
    Expires February 25, 2024 - (1st term)
  • Leigh Purdy (Hilton Garden Inn)
    Expires December 1, 2023 (3rd term - nonconsecutive)
  • Jeremy Gill (Hays Public Library)
    Expires January 10, 2025 (2nd term)
  • Stacey Smith (FHSU Tourism and Hospitality)
    Expires February 25, 2024 (5th term)
  • (Open Position) (Non-Hotel)
  • Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Ex Officio Member
  • City Manager
    Ex Officio Member