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Visit Yuma Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Flora Llamas and Bruce Gwynn become newest members

Yuma, Ariz. — Behind the success of Visit Yuma is a remarkable group of volunteers elected by its membership, who serve to provide guidance whenever needed in the promotion of Yuma as a travel destination.

Elections for the 2017-2018 budget year have concluded and Visit Yuma is proud to welcome Flora Llamas and Bruce Gwynn to its Board of Directors.

"Each year, we receive a number of stellar nominations from throughout the community," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. "This year's class of candidates was no exception. With Flora and Bruce aboard, we look forward to what their contributions will bring to our program."

Flora and Bruce join incumbent board members Dave Carvell (Chair), Lori Stofft (Vice-Chair), Dean Chauhan, Anna Chaulk, Wayne Gale, Jon Heidrich, Marshall Jones, Deidre Meerchaum, Yvonne Peach, and Louis Scott, and Edward Thomas (City of Yuma appointed liaison).
Flora Llamas is the Director of Sales for the Marriott (Springhill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites) properties in Yuma, Arizona. In 2014 she moved back to her hometown after many years of traveling between California and Arizona working as a retail manager for large companies such as Banana Republic and Sephora.  Before that she served for 9 years in the United States Navy, which gave her an opportunity to travel around world on three different Aircraft Carriers as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate. She studied Fashion Design in San Diego, California and Retail Business Management at University of Phoenix here in Yuma. She is an active in the community as well as a member of: Yuma Rotary, Habitat for Humanity for Fairfield Inn & Suites, GYEDC, Yuma Chamber of Commerce and Yuma Elks Lodge #476.  She supports many organizations and participates in fundraising for Humane Society of Yuma and Yuma Art Center events. She is dedicated in promoting Yuma, Somerton and the San Luis area.  Flora now resides in Yuma and intends to continue serving the community and support organizations which she is passionate about.

Bruce Gwynn is a Yuma native whose roots date back to the mid-19th century (great-great-grandson of Jose Maria Redondo, grandson of E.F. Sanguinetti. A graduate of Kofa High School and the University of Arizona (B.S. in animal science), he has worked in local agriculture for his entire career and is currently executive director of Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association. Named Yuma’s Citizen of the Year in 2012, he serves on the Yuma Union High School district governing board (third term) He also serves on the boards of a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma County Historical Society, Yuma County Cooperative Extension, AWC Foundation Board, and Yuma Education Advocacy Council. He was a co-founder of the Southwest Ag Summit and the Yuma County Ag Producers Scholarship Fund.
Flora and Bruce will begin their service effective July 1, 2017 when the destination marketing organization's new budget year begins.

The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.

Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.

For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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