Oklahoma Travel Industry Association - Event Information
Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association once again partnered with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb to produce the 2018 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits, which were held around the state. Each half-day program provided tourism education featuring speakers covering a range of topics on best practices to promote tourism in your region, and included a townhall-type discussion by the Lt. Governor on tourism development in each of the areas visited around the state.
Read about our 2018 events below, and stay tuned for info on our 2019 schedule!
Monday, October 22 hosted by the City of El Reno and Visit El Reno
OTIA's El Reno Summit on October 22 at the El Reno Public Safety Center was so great! This half-day program featured speaker Sheila Scarborough of Tourism Currents, who spoke on successful travel & tourism blogging and social media workflow. She has graciously provided the following information from her sessions:
The day concluded with a townhall-type discussion with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and a networking reception. Browse photos from the day here! Monday, October 29 hosted by Visit Enid
OTIA’s final Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summit was held in Enid on October 29 at the Central National Bank Center, and what a day it was! Attendees were thrilled with speaker Amber Theinert of Koch Communications, who spoke on your business' "story" and how best to tell it through social media, digital media, and public relations tools, and then how to use those tools to promote your next event. Thanks, Amber, for providing your presentation, Amplify Your Story! We ended the day hearing from and celebrating Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, who has been such a champion for Oklahoma over the years. You can look at pictures here. Speakers
Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma elected Todd Lamb as Lt. Governor on November 2, 2010. After a term in which Lamb successfully advocated for workers’ compensation reform, higher pay for Oklahoma’s Troopers, and growing Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry, Lamb was reelected in 2014, winning in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.
An Enid native, Lamb has spent many years in public service to his state and nation. He served in the Keating Administration, and worked on the staff of United States Senator Don Nickles.
Lamb became a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he was elected president of his Secret Service Academy class and graduated with special recognition. His duties included domestic and international protection assignments during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
In 2004, Lamb was elected to serve in the Oklahoma state Senate. Lamb was re-elected in 2008 and in 2009 became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history.
Lt. Governor Lamb was elected chairman of the National Lt. Governors Association
(NLGA). Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Republican Lt. Governors Association (RLGA).
Lamb has worked in the private sector as a landman in Oklahoma's energy industry, and was General Counsel for an energy and wireless company in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Todd Lamb and his wife Monica have been married 22 years and have two children, Griffin and Lauren.
Owner, Tourism Currents
Sheila Scarborough is a writer and speaker specializing in tourism, travel, and social media. She's written for many blogs and print publications and is also a certified Navy Master Training Specialist, with years of experience as an educator.
Along with Leslie McLellan, Sheila is part of the Tourism Currents team, offering online and in-person training in social media for tourism and hospitality.
Winner of the "Austin American-Statesman" Texas Social Media Award and an AWC (Association for Women in Communications) Clarion award, Sheila trains and speaks regularly about social media to a variety of audiences including tourism and economic development experts, public relations and marketing professionals, and Chambers of Commerce.
She co-founded and still writes for the award-winning Perceptive Travel blog, serves on the Programming Committee for SXSWi (the South by Southwest Interactive tech conference,) and is also part of the organizing team for #tourismchat, a monthly online Twitter chat about a variety of topics related to destination marketing.
A U.S. Navy veteran who is married with two children, Sheila is an NHRA drag racing fan because there is one winner, one loser, and no whining.
As the primary point of contact for her clients, Amber coordinates the resources needed to execute projects, builds strategic operational plans and balances the expectations of clients with the execution of Koch Comm services.
At Koch Communications, Amber oversees a team of account executives and account assistants, working with various clients in issue advocacy, hospitality and entertainment industries to develop integrated social media and public relations strategies.
Amber graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and most recently completed her MBA from St. Gregory's University in 2016.
Much of Amber's career has been spent in the non-profit sector, helping to communicate messages and grow brands. Amber began her career at the State Capitol as a reporter before joining the communications team for the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), a non-profit that provided counterterrorism law enforcement training. While at MIPT, Amber was responsible for internal and external communications, event planning and founded and managed the Institute's social media presence.
In 2014, Amber took a position in the Marketing Department for St. Gregory's University. Within six months, she was promoted to the director position, overseeing the university's marketing and public relations, managing St. Gregory's recent rebrand, creating and implementing a new social/digital media strategy and taking part in developing the university's new strategic plan.