Alan K. Stout hired as new tourism director for Luzerne County
Alan K. Stout, a resident of Edwardsville, will be the new director of the Luzerne County tourism office, County Director C. David Pedri said on Friday.
Ted Wampole, the current overseer of the county convention and visitors bureau, is retiring on August 1 to fulfill his lifelong dream of retiring in North Carolina.
The position was advertised publicly at a salary range of $ 65,000 to $ 70,000. Stout will receive $ 65,000 per year.
According to Pedri’s press release:
Stout’s most recent job was as Director of Communications and Marketing for Catholic Social Services. He also hosts a weekly radio show showcasing the local music scene for WWRR, the River.
Previously, Stout worked as a reporter and editor at The Times Leader, where he directed editorial content and managed the staff of The Weekender as editor.
He has received a Keystone Press Award for Excellence in Journalism, has been named Northeastern Pennsylvania’s “Favorite Newspaper Columnist” six times, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award at Steamtown Music. Awards.
When not working or enjoying the outdoors, he volunteers as a coach for the West Side Little League and the Good Shepherd Academy and is the founder and executive producer of a flood documentary in Agnes 1972.
Stout holds a BA in History and Education from King’s College.
In the statement, Wampole said he believed Stout had “the experience, training and attitude to be successful in this position.”
“Lucerne County tourism is in good hands with Mr Stout,” he said. “Alan brings a passion and love from all over Luzerne County to this position which will benefit the region well. I have no doubts that he will use his experience to promote all the great assets of Luzerne County within and beyond our borders.
Romilda Crocamo, incoming interim county director, was also cited in the statement.
“From the moment I interviewed Alan, it was obvious to me that he had the enthusiasm and vision to put Alfalfa County at the forefront of the tourism market in northeastern Pennsylvania. . I am delighted to see where he will lead the Visitors Bureau, ”she said.
The county had received a dozen applications for the post. Pedri, who is leaving on July 6 for a position at the Luzerne Foundation, said the board of the County Convention and Visitors Bureau was also involved in the talks.
Contacted Friday, Stout, 53, said he was excited about the new position. It is scheduled to start on July 6.
“I am very flattered and humbled to have this incredible opportunity,” said Stout.
Stout said he spent most of his adult life celebrating and trying to promote “all the wonderful things to see and do here in Luzerne County.”
“Now to have the opportunity to do it professionally is a dream come true. It is a beautiful place to live and visit. ”