Watkins names acting director for Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Monday, February 21, 2011 | 4:59 p.m. CST; updated 7:38 p.m. CST, Monday, February 21, 2011

COLUMBIA — City Manager Bill Watkins has named an acting director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Amy Schneider filled the position on Wednesday, according to a city news release. Lorah Steiner, who held the position for about 24 years, announced last month that she would be leaving in February to take a job with the Charlotte County Tourist Development Council in Florida.

"This is just an acting position, and there was no interim selection made," Public Communications Director Toni Messina said. "This is what will continue until a new and permanent person is found."

Schneider joined the bureau in 2007 as a sales manager. She has more than 16 years' experience in the hospitality business, mostly with major hotels, the release stated. She received her bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management from MU.

Schneider's annual salary will increase from about $46,300 to $76,000 during her time as acting director. Steiner's annual salary was $94,363.


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