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Board of Directors

The Lake County CVB/South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors meet on the third Thursday of each month at noon at the Indiana Welcome Center's Conference Room at 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond. A change in location or date/time will be posted at the Indiana Welcome Center at least 48 hours in advance. Please call 219-989-7770 with any questions.

Board Members 

Robert Forster



Appointed By: Town of Munster

Jeffrey Fryzel

Vice Chairman 

Realtor, McColly Real Estate

Appointed By: Town of St. John

Chareice White


Owner Reice Communications

Appointed By: Mayor of Crown Point

John Kiernan



Appointed By: Lake County Council

Paul Anderson

Visitor Center and Store Manager, The Shrine of Christ's Passion

Appointed By: Lake County Commissioners

Brent Brashier

Owner, Doc's Smokehouse and Craft Bar

Appointed By: Town of Dyer

Christine Cash

General Manager, Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Appointed By: Town of Highland

Victor DeMeyer


Appointed By: Town of Munster

Raymundo Garcia

Owner, El Taco Real

Appointed By: Hammond City Council

Nicole Lopez

Special Events Coordinator, City of Hobart

Appointed By: Mayor of Hobart

Darnail Lyles

Attorney at Law 

Appointed By: Mayor of Gary

Andy Qunell

President VRQ LLC

Appointed By: Town of Griffith

Chris Rich


Appointed By: Lake County Commissioners

Michelle Robinson

Owner, Clean Paws Mobile Grooming Salon  

Appointed By: Gary Common Council  

Matthew Schuffert

Senior Vice President, Ameristar Casino 

Appointed By: Mayor of East Chicago 

Doug Spencer

West Environmental Operations Coordinator, US Steel / CEO/Owner, Pier 74 Grill, Cedar Lake

Appointed by: Lake County Council

Larry Tucker

Owner, Arby's Franchise

Appointed By: Town of Schererville

W. F. Wellman


Appointed By: Lt. Governor 

Marty Wielgos

District Manager, Hammond Sanitary District

Appointed By: City of Hammond

Andrew Kyres

Vice President, Business Banking Center Management First Financial Bank, Crown Point


James Magrames


Kopka Pinkus & Dolin, LLC


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Spotlight South Shore


Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
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