Ep. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

EP. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson

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There are people that change your life in profound ways, and yet many never really know they had such an impact. For me, former Executive Director of the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shelley Johnson, is one of those people. This year, Shelley retired from her position after 30 years of service to our region, leaving behind a legacy of positive growth in travel and tourism that will be felt for decades to come. In my professional circles, her name carried weight. Working with her and her team meant something to those with whom I took meetings. In a professional capacity, my team and I have been honored to have been trusted by Shelley Johnson and her staff to craft enticing and attractive adverts, each designed to bring visitors to our area. As much as I respected her professionally, when I asked Shelley to visit me on Find the Good News, my intentions were very personal. You see, for all of these years of working with Shelley and her team, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit with Shelley one-on-one outside of the tour and travel environment. If you listen to this show often enough you’ll understand that I was more than a little curious to know her story. What I discovered in my visit with Shelley was a kindness, a passion, and a great love for this region she calls home. In her 30 years of travels, from meetings with public figures across the entire spectrum, and to places one might long to see, Shelley always felt the grass was greenest right here in Southwest Louisiana, and that kindness is embedded in our culture. What I discovered in my visit with Shelley is that she was tailor-made for this incredible job of extreme hospitality, the trajectory of her childhood on into her adult life pointed her squarely at the role, providing the skills, training, and expertise needed to build the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau into the entity it is today. If you’ve been to any event in any of the sister cities that make up our region, then you’ve been impacted by the arrow of Shelley Johnson’s life. She was kind, honest, thoughtful, and so giving in our conversation. With the tone of every word I could tell she truly enjoys sharing the wonders of our home. It’s not hard to find echoes of Shelley Johnson’s service in Southwest Louisiana. I believe her lasting legacy will be the transference of her general perspective on our area. Her infectious conviction is that not only has Southwest Louisiana seen great days, but it has even more glorious days yet to see.

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