Our Mission Statement
The purpose of the Board shall be to market, advertise and promote Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama as a tourist destination, as well as, a meeting and convention center.
This primary objective shall be accomplished by soliciting conferences, individual, corporate and group visitors, and through the promotion of our special attractions and overall resources of the region.
The Board shall further attempt to expand tourism through the support of educational, cultural, recreational, civic and social activities that enhance the perception of this area by showcasing its hospitality and natural beauty.
The overall intent of this mission is to strengthen the economic foundation for all citizens of Lauderdale County.
President & CEO
Rob Carnegie joined the Florence-Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau as President and CEO on September 28, 2015. Before joining the Florence Tourism staff, he was the Director of Tourism Kingston, the Destination Marketing Organization for his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, for 10 years. At Tourism Kingston, which was a division of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, he developed key partnerships with municipal and provincial government agencies along with key local industry stakeholders. Carnegie oversaw the coordination and execution in multiple tourism industry segments including Leisure/Consumer, Meetings & Conferences, Travel Trade, Sport Tourism, Travel Media, Tourism Attraction and Visitor Services. Further to the marketing portfolio, he managed the Tourism Attraction & Investment file with a focus on developing Kingston’s product offering to visitors.
Prior to his role with the City of Kingston, Carnegie was the Director of Sport Tourism in the Nashville, TN area and developed Team Williamson, the Sport Tourism Council of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Franklin. He spent a total of 16 years in South Florida and Nashville, TN focusing his career in sales/marketing & communications. Carnegie is a graduate of Trinity University in Miami, FL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management.
Alison Stanfield, Director of Operations
A native of Florence, Alison graduated from Coffee High School and the University of North Alabama. She began working at Florence/Lauderdale Tourism in June of 1995 and is currently the Director of Operations. Alison handles a large part of the tourism operations including accounting, advertising, development of marketing materials and supervisor of the internship program. She coordinates the walking tours of historic Florence and works with organizers of various events. She was recently named Tourism Professional of the Year by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and received the Renaissance in Business award by No’Ala.
Suzie Shoemaker, Manager, Sport & Event Sales
A native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Suzie is a graduate of Deshler High School and the University of North Alabama where she received a degree in Speech Communications and Theatre. Suzie is the Manager of Sport/Event Sales at Florence/Lauderdale CVB. Outside the tourism office, Suzie serves on the Florence First Fridays, Shoals Earth Day Fest, Keep the Shoals Beautiful & Alabama Renaissance Faire committees. She enjoys performing in community theatre. Suzie’s daughter, Rebekah is a student at The University of North Alabama.
Randa Hovater, Manager, Media Relations
A native of Northport, Alabama, Randa is a graduate of Tuscaloosa Academy and the University of West Alabama where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Randa has worked in numerous facets of media communications. She has served as the editor-in-chief and copy editor for the Muse newspaper, co-coordinator of the first Integrated Marketing Communications Competitive Conference, co-anchor for UWA’s news broadcasting station, graphic and website designer for The Livingston Press, and named Integrated Marketing Communications Scholar of the Year in 2016. Randa has traveled to both Las Vegas and Minneapolis to present her research on female body objectification in the media, landing her publication opportunities and a first-place ranking in the Best of South Journalism/Media Research competition by the Southeast Journalism Conference. Prior to working with the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau, Randa was the Customer Relations Specialist and Graphic Designer for a web design firm in Birmingham.
Mary Fuller, Project Administrator/Partnership Services
A native of Cherokee, Alabama and lives in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Mary joined the Florence-Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau as Project Administrator/Partnership Services on August 13, 2018. Mary handles the website and mobile app, enhanced listings, the e-newsletter, Must See Gotta Do, and Partnership Services. Before joining Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Mary worked as an Administrative/Executive or Legal Assistant for 30+ years for a diverse range of organizations, including large corporations and private sector.
Visitor Experience Specialists
Linda@Visitflorenceal.com Linda is a native of Memphis, TN and moved to the area in 1991. After attending Northwest Shoals Community College, Linda was employed at Sara Lee and retired in 2012. Linda has returned to Northwest Shoals Community College and is taking a refresher course in microcomputers. She is one of our Visitor Experience Specialists and her duties include sharing information about all the things to do in the Shoals area.