TTIA Staff Members:
|David Teel, |
Teel joined TTIA in 2003 after more than 23 years of service to the State of
Texas. In 2010, he took the reins as
President and CEO and has been actively involved in the development and
implementation of TTIA’s strategic planning, public policy and legislative
affairs efforts. His work with the 114 member Texas Legislative Tourism Caucus
was recognized by the Southern Governor’s Association as a Best Practice in
Tourism Public Policy Programs for helping to educate legislators about the
needs of the Texas travel and tourism industry.
to joining TTIA, David served as State Tourism Director under the
administrations of Governors Rick Perry and George W. Bush. As Tourism Director, he managed the state’s
flagship program responsible for advertising and marketing Texas world-wide as
a premier travel destination using the award-winning slogan Texas.
It’s Like A Whole Other Country®.
serves on several national and state travel industry advisory bodies, including
the US Travel Association’s Policy Board, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department’s State Parks Advisory Board and the Texas Department of
Transportation’s Outdoor Advertising Advisory Committee.
A sixth generation Texan from Mexia, David earned his degree from the
University of Texas at Austin. He and
his wife Frankie have been married for 25 years and have two grown children and
Executive Assistant to David Teel
Felicia Reese joined TTIA in June 2013 as Executive Assistant to David Teel. She recently relocated to Austin from her home state of California. Felicia proudly served her country in the Active Army for six years and served in the Army Reserve for one year. She held the position of Executive to The Colonel at HHC 18th Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, NC. She has also held the positions of Military Enrollment Counselor at Ashford University and Security Coordinator and Head of Security Assistants for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.Felicia is a mother of six and, together with her husband, have a total of 9 children. Their favorite pastimes are Family Game Night and Family Movie Night.
Senior Vice President - Member Services
Bayes has worked in some capacity in the travel and tourism industry for more
than 16 years. She joined the TTIA staff in May 2012. Diann was the
Executive Director of the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau from
2006-2012 and also worked as Executive Director of the Hillsboro Chamber and
CVB and as the Tourism Sales Manager for the Manhattan Kansas CVB.
hospitality career started at the Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth,
where she worked in the areas of sales, marketing and human resources. Later,
she worked for La Quinta Inn & Suites, opening properties on the north and
southwest areas of Fort Worth. Diann served on the boards of the Texas
Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (TACVB), the Texas Lakes Trail
Region, and the Dallas Fort Worth Area Tourism Council, where she also was
selected as Chair in 2012.
is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and also is a trained facilitator for
Texas Friendly Hospitality Training, a Customer Service Training Program
offered by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension.
her free time, Ms. Bayes researches her family genealogy as a 5th
generation Texan. She also can be seen occasionally singing karaoke as
she is known to be a closet lounge lizard.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Communications
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Homero Lucero joined TTIA in 2014 to lead the government relations, advocacy, and communications efforts of the association. He brings
more than 20 years of state and federal governmental affairs, advocacy
and communications experience to TTIA. |
In addition to owning his own
policy consulting company, Homero has
directed and managed legislative affairs, grassroots advocacy programs,
and political action committees for a number of organizations. His
policy expertise covers a wide range
of issues, including: appropriations, economic development, education,
workforce development, taxation, business and state agency regulation,
has served on the boards of directors for the Texas Association of
Telephone Association and the Texas Lyceum. He has a BA in Economics
and Government (double major) from the University of Texas and is a U.S.
Air Force veteran. Homero is married to Lisa Gonzales Lucero who
serves as Commissioner on the Texas Governor's Commission
for Women. They reside in Austin with their two daughters.
|email@example.com||Neilynn Hébert joined TTIA
in 2013 with more than 14 years of association experience. She is the
Controller for TTIA as well as manager for PAC initiatives. Her work with previous associations and PAC
accounts provides the association with the type of know how and leadership it
takes to launch a successful PAC and fundraising initiatives.
Prior to joining TTIA, Neilynn began her
association work at TX Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
(TPCA) and later worked with an association management company as the Director
of Accounting. She worked with such
organizations as TX College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), Emergency
Management Association of TX (EMAT), and International Facilities Management
Association (IFMA) while her main focus was on the Austin HR Management
Neilynn grew up in the Austin area and earned
her degree from the University of Texas at Austin. When not working, she spends time with her
husband and two sons camping around central TX in their RV. Neilynn also volunteers at her son’s
elementary school but her true love is fostering cats and kittens through
Austin Pets Alive!. She is also an
active soccer mom with both boys playing in competitive soccer leagues.
|Janice Langlinais, |
Director of Communications
Langlinais joined the TTIA team in January
2011 as Director of Communications. She
brings more than 25 years of tourism, marketing, public relations and
communications experience to TTIA. |
to joining TTIA, Janice spent 10 years marketing Texas as a tourism
destination, first with Texas Tourism, the state’s tourism promotion division,
and then with Vollmer Public Relations, the state’s public relations agency of
record. She took a short break from
tourism to handle marketing and community relations for Barnes & Noble
Booksellers and helped foster the talent of several local authors.
Janice is not traveling – a passion for her – she is reading. Janice is the TTIA staff liaison for the Communications Committee and
|Jennifer Roush, |
Director of Events
Roush joined TTIA on March 1, 2001 as Executive Assistant. In 2006, she took on the challenge of
coordinating all aspects of TTIA’s event, including Texas Tourism Unity Dinner,
Texas Travel Fair, Texas Travel Summit, Public Policy Forum, Regional Tourism
Workshops, and any other meetings that come up throughout the year. She also works closely with Paul Serff on the
Travel & Tourism College and coordinates the Texas Tourism Foundation’s
Scholarship Program. |
Prior to TTIA, Jennifer worked as a Legal Secretary/Admin Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General in the Prosecutors Assistance Division.
is the TTIA staff liaison on several of TTIA’s committees, including Texas Travel Summit Committee, Unity Dinner
Committee, and Scholarship Selection Committee.
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Jennifer Baker, who actually prefers to just be called BAKER, joined TTIA in 2007. As the association’s Administrative Assistant and Membership Coordinator, Baker keeps the association running smoothly. She handles an endless list of tasks, including coordination of the Partners in the Park discount ticket program, the File Folder program, and volunteers at all TTIA events.|
Before joining TTIA, Baker worked at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where she was part of the opening staff and was the "go to” person for anything regarding the building, in general. Prior to that she worked for the RR Express before the team actually moved to Round Rock from Jackson, MS.
In her spare time, Baker enjoys spending time with her nephew and dog. Working out, hanging out with friends and reading are all part of her weekly routine. Having grown up traveling to visit relatives in all parts of Texas, she can easily spout out random facts about our great state, no matter what the region.
Baker is the staff liaison to the Cultural & Heritage Tourism Council, Nature Tourism Council, and Motor Coach Committee.
|Paul Serff, |
|email@example.com||Paul Serff became
the president/CEO of the Texas travel Industry Association in 1997 and for 12 years, lead
that organization to become one of the most successful regional travel and
tourism associations in the nation. At the end of 2009,
Serff stepped down as President /CEO of TTIA and their Foundation, the Texas
Tourism Foundation but continues to work on projects and issues ast President Emeritus for them. One project is the development of the Travel
and Tourism College, now in its third year.|
Prior to joining TTIA, Paul spent 25 years with Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company and was
recruited by Gaylord Entertainment and USAA to serve as VP and General Manager
for Fiesta Texas (now Six Flags Fiesta Texas).
Paul serves on the Destination and Travel Foundation Board (a combination of the foundations of
both US Travel Association and Destination Marketing Association International)
and the IAAPA Board and their Foundation Board.