Tourism director hired in Granville

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Granville County native Susan Ball has been named director of the Granville County Tourism Development Authority. She began work on Monday.

In making the announcement, the Granville County Tourism Development Authority sent out a statement advising the growth of the county created the need for “a full time professional director to lead the county and its five municipalities to maximize Granville County’s tourism growth.”

Ball said, “I’m excited to be back in Granville County.”

Tourism has been growing in the county, she said.

“The Tourism Development Authority has been working with this for years,” Ball said. “We’ll be marketing Granville County, getting the name out there.”

Ball is a graduate of J.F. Webb High School and N.C. State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in tourism management and a minor in business management.

Ball previously worked with the greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Summit Hospitality. With the latter organization, she moved through positions of increasing responsibility and became area sales manager.

Ball said her focus will be to promote Granville County as a tourism destination. “Granville County has a rich history in agriculture,” she said. “We’re promoting that.”

At present, Ball lives in Raleigh.

“I will be relocating,” Ball said. “I have a lease that runs till the fall.”

Monica Satterwhite, a member of the Tourism Development Authority as well as president of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, said, “She’s young and enthusiastic.”

Satterwhite, who is manager of the Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions in Oxford, added, “Anything that increases tourism is a draw to employers to move to the area when they see the amenities in place.”

Mary Caudle, also a member of the authority, said, “We’re excited that someone local was interested in the position.”

In describing Ball, she said, “She has the perfect background, and she has passion.”

Ball will work out of both the Oxford and Creedmoor locations of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.