Written by Aaron-Michael Fox.
The Huntington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced two staff changes on Monday.
Former Sales Manager Anna Adkins has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing, and the former Assistant Manager of the Red Caboose Brandy Jefferys has been promoted to Manager of both the Visitors Center and the Red Caboose.
According to a release from the CVB Anna Adkins is a native of Ceredo-Kenova who now lives in Huntington proper. She has been with the Huntington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau since 2013. She started as the Visitors Center Supervisor and was promoted to Sales Manager in less than a year. She graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Public Administration.
Adkins is a member of the Women’s Caucus of Leadership, Women 2 Women, and Generation Huntington. She also serves as an Ambassador for the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for Generation West Virginia. She is passionately invested in improving her community and sharing the positive narrative experienced by so many proud West Virginians.
“It has been amazing to see Anna’s growth since she came to the CVB nearly ten years ago,” said Tyson Compton, CVB President. “Her passion and commitment are unrivaled. Whether she’s at the soccer fields, directing those folks on all there is to see and do here, or selling our city to a sporting event or conference, she exudes enthusiasm for our community and people respond well to that..”
Brandy Jefferys is a fine artist who has been covered on DowntownHuntington.net in the past. Jefferys was born in the Poconos, but raised in the Ohio River Valley; she grew up just across the river in Kitts Hill, Ohio. She’s been with the Red Caboose and CVB since April of 2021, but has been an artisan selling at the Caboose since 2016. Her hobbies include traveling, exploring nature, trying new restaurants and food, and learning about history. If you’re looking for her during her free time, you’ll most likely find her on the couch with her spouse and two cats watching pro wrestling.
“With the combination of her business background and her artistic background, Brandy was the perfect fit for this position,” Compton said. “She is comfortable dealing with the many consignor artists and she also possesses a keen knack for our product line.”
The Huntington Visitors Center and the Red Caboose are located in the main building at Heritage Station at the corner of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and 11th Street.