The Hotel Oper­a­tors’ Occu­pan­cy Tax Board—unofficially referred to as the Tourism Board—was estab­lished by the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers to devel­op an appli­ca­tion process for those seek­ing the dol­lars gen­er­at­ed by the Occu­pan­cy Tax and to make rec­om­men­da­tions on what projects to fund.

While the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers retains the final say on grant appli­ca­tions, the inten­tion is to rely heav­i­ly on the indi­vid­ual exper­tise of the Tourism Board’s members.


Board Mem­ber

The Union Coun­ty Hotel Oper­a­tors’ Occu­pan­cy Tax Board is com­prised of sev­en (7) mem­bers. Said mem­bers are appoint­ed by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers for two (2) year, stag­gered terms, end­ing Novem­ber 30th of each respec­tive cal­en­dar year.


Cur­rent Board Mem­bers include:

  • Pres­i­dent — Ken Pin­non, Own­er of Pin­non Lake Cabins
  • Car­ol Hoff­man, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the South­ern­most Illi­nois Tourism Bureau
  • Jeff Kel­ley, at-large member
  • Dar­ryl Harvell, Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers designee
  • Wendy Winkel­man, Owner/Operator
  • Chris Boyd, at-large member