Niagara Gazette

Opinion

May 15, 2013

BRADBERRY: Soar like eagles, or scratch like chickens ... easy pickins'

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Niagara Gazette — We have not had in decades, a team like we have now in Washington, D.C and Albany including Shumer, and Gillibrand in the U.S. Senate, Brian Higgins, and of course our dear friend Louise Slaughter in the U.S. House; and George Maziarz in the state Senate and John Ceretto in the state Assembly; with powerful, passionate friends like these, and a strong tourism market how can Niagara not prosper?

Good question, but given our propensity to over emphasize politics, and almost completely disregard economics, we’ll figure out a way to stay right down here on the ground, scratching like chickens instead of accepting a golden opportunity to soar like eagles unless we put aside some of our relatively petty differences and get to work.

Take a close look at Brand USA:

Governed by an 11-member board of heavy-hitter directors, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, each member brings unique expertise in diverse geographical regions and sectors of the entire travel industry including:

n Board Chair Caroline Beteta is the lead spokesperson for California’s $95 billion travel industry and serves as the president and CEO of Visit California.

n David Lim, vice-chair of the Board and Amtrak’s Assistant Vice-President of the Acela Brand.

n Daniel Halpern, president/CEO and co-founder of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., a multi-state food service company.

n George Fertitta, head of New York City’s marketing and tourism organization.

n Randy A. Garfield, president of the Walt Disney Travel Company and Executive Vice President of Disney Destination’s $10 billion Worldwide Sales and Travel Operations.

n Tom Klein, president of Sabre Holdings which through its several businesses supports the world-wide travel industry, including more than one billion travelers per year.

n Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance Services, which coordinates development strategies of global airline alliances.

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