Steve Picker is leaving to follow a new career path in Florida effective September 17. Picker has been with the Bureau for more than nine years, serving as executive director for six.
During Picker's tenure, he helped with many changes at the Bureau, including establishing tours of the Missouri State Penitentiary and creating the Discover Jefferson City Foundation, a non-profit arm of the CVB, to develop fundraising strategies to promote tourism in the Jefferson City community.
"I am proud of the accomplishments the Bureau has achieved over the last six years none of which could have occurred without the help of so many people including a great staff, community leaders, an extremely supportive board of directors, and countless volunteers," Picker said. "I feel the Bureau has achieved incredible results due to teamwork and support from the entire community. Jefferson City is my home town; I love the community and plan to return here."
The Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors will start the search for a replacement in the very near future. Until then, a transition committee is in place with the CVB to ensure the day-to-day operations continue until a new executive director is on board.