GAINESVILLE - Grier Todd, Manager of Fairfield Inn and Suites, was named Chairman of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority Wednesday morning.<br />
It was the first official meeting of the group.<br />
Richard Labriola, Manager of Hilton Garden Inn, was named Vice Chairman and Sheri Hooper of INK (Interactive Neighborhood for Kids) was named Secretary. <br />
The authority members were appointed by the Gainesville Mayor and City Council earlier this month. (See link below.)
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