Director of Tourism
Tami Vater, who joined the Blount Partnership as Director of Tourism Aug. 6, 2012, comes to the organization after serving nearly four years as the executive director of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Commission in Versailles, Kentucky, located just outside of Lexington.
Her position within the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority (SMTDA) consists of recruiting events in the areas of leisure, business and resort sectors to the county for overnight stays.
While at Woodford County, she coordinated activities for the Chamber and Tourism Commission while assisting in support of community and economic development opportunities in a partnership with the cities of Midway, Versailles and Woodford County.
Her previous work experience includes an 11-month stint as the executive director at Liberty-Casey (Ky.) County Economic Development, a three-year stay as the executive director at Anderson (Ky.) County Community Development Council, three years as the communications-marketing associate at the Kentucky Historical Society and two years as executive director at Elizabethtown-Hardin (Ky.) County Heritage Council.
Additionally, she has managed multi-million dollar grants for local projects and worked closely with city and county governments to further community development projects.
She is a 1999 graduate of the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development, a 2001 graduate of the Kentucky Certified Main Street Managers, a 2008 financial professional graduate from the National Development Council and is currently studying at the University of Oklahoma/Economic Development Institute.
She received the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators Publications Award in 1999 and the Kentucky Tourism Council Traverse Award in 2005 for her work with the Bluegrass Wine & Spirits Tour.
Vater earned degree in business administration from Northern Kentucky University in 1983. She has one daughter, Kyla, and a granddaughter, Cassie, both of Falmouth, Ky.