Meeting people and making friends are among the many joys that come with working in the tourism and hospitality business. Along with those joys, I continue to marvel at how benevolent members of the tourism industry are. Perhaps, our daily interaction with people from all walks of life is the reason. Regardless of our motivations, the employees of Kissimmee-St. Cloud’s tourism and hospitality industry generously support a variety of causes. One such cause is Give Kids the World, which assists terminally ill children who dream to visit our nearby theme parks. Now, another great cause is our partnership with The V Foundation and, as the Executive Director of the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau, I couldn’t be more proud.
We were excited to introduce The V Foundation as a perfect partner for our 4th annual Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament, part of our Anglers Challengefishing promotion. In its simplest form, the Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament is the opportunity for corporate sponsors and pro bass fishermen to participate in a dinner, auction and fishing tournament to help raise awareness and money to fund the fight against cancer.
Our partnership with The V Foundation, with help from ESPN Outdoors, took root last year when we teamed up with Heddon Lures, and called on touring anglers Terry Segraves, Sam Swett and Tim Horton to produce a package of fishing lures to be sold throughout the country as “Lure for a Cure” the proceeds of which benefit The V Foundation. The relationship with The V Foundation took another giant step forward when Bassmasters Classic Champion Mike Iaconelli introduced “Pounding Out A Cure” at our Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament. Iaconelli will dedicate money for every pound of fish he catches in the coming B.A.S.S. tour and he has challenged his colleagues to do the same.
Everyone involved with the Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament can convey a personal testimony as to how cancer touched his or her lives either directly or through family or friend. And everyone aspires to be a part of the fight against the dreaded disease and The V Foundation is leading the charge.
Jimmy Valvano’s “Don’t Give….Don’t Ever Give Up” creed gives us all hope that someday there won’t be a need for an “Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament.” Likewise, as the father of two beautiful children, I look forward to the day when no kids will visit “Give Kids the World” because they’ve been stricken by this horrible disease. The Kissimmee- St.Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau and I personally are both proud to support efforts to get us to that day.
Tim Hemphill assumed the Executive Director position of the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau in January 1999 and leads the tourism marketing, sales and promotion activities for Osceola County where more than 600 hospitality businesses complement Central Florida’s world-renown theme parks.
Tim’s career experiences have been gained over more than two decades to lead one of the nation’s largest convention and visitors bureaus. He served for nearly three years as executive director of the Casino Association of Louisiana, Inc, a not for profit, private trade association formed in 1993 to develop, promote and improve the conditions of the $1 billion Louisiana gaming industry.
Tim began his career in the tourism industry at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau. He served as a delegate to the first ever White House Conference on Tourism and was active in the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, Louisiana Society of Association Executives and the American Gaming Association. He is currently a member of the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, American Society of Association Executives, IACVB, and MPI. Locally, he’s a member of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation for Osceola Education.
A graduate of Texas A & M University, Tim enjoys golf and tennis as a recreation. He’s homeowner in the Kissimmee area with his Risa, son Tanner and daughter Ashley.