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Kim Phillips Retirement

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Kim’s official last day as TACVB’s Executive Director was Friday, March 20.

 

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning." Ivy Baker Priest

Kim’s official last day as TACVB’s Executive Director was Friday.  We realize our organization is losing a valued leader and mentor, but we have the utmost respect for her as she heeds the call to honor her parents. We wish her the very best and are confident that she will continue to pop in and check on her beloved tourism industry.

TACVB has begun a search for a new director but in the meantime, Veronica Maldonado has agreed to serve as Interim Director.   If you are interested in applying for the position, please visit our TACVB Career Center to apply.  Remember that you must be logged in to see the full listing of career opportunities.  Reach out to Veronica if you have any trouble logging into your account: veronica@tacvb.org.

 

A note from Kim Phillips

Dear Colleagues:

For many years now, we’ve attended conferences and seminars to educate ourselves about the cultures, quirks, perceptions, values, work ethics, spending, travel and aging patterns of all the various “gens”: Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, Boomers, and on and on. While a barely-boomer by birth, I have awakened in the past few months to realize I am now smack dab in yet another “gen”: The Sandwich Generation.


They call us the sandwich generation because we are cast suddenly in roles of facilitating ends on one hand and beginnings on the other while trying to juggle in between the realities of what we once thought were almost more than we could handle on their own. And yet, we take it all on and do our best to balance while keeping all the balls in the air at the same time.


My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease more than 10 years ago. Mom has been his caretaker, keeping them in their home of more than 25 years. She’s been an amazing example of love and sacrifice, and she’s managed it all well from the outside looking in until this past year when our family began to notice a deep weariness showing in her movements and countenance, though she never even once uttered a complaint. Her heart’s desire was to keep them together and at home until the end. They have been married 59 years and been together in one another’s lives since they were in the 2nd grade, a couple since high school.


Finally, this past November, we got a red alert that Mom was caving under the pressure when a routine doctor appointment and a minor in-office procedure sent her to the ER with an A-fib-generated heart malfunction. It is strange looking back now and seeing how quickly the snowball grew once it started rolling. Sometimes when you’re right in the middle of it, you don’t realize while it’s happening just how gargantuan the thing is getting.


I would need the length of a book to tell the whole story, but to put it in a nutshell, Dad turned a corner in December that led to a cliff, and he has declined more dramatically in the past three months than he has in all the collective years of Alzheimer’s Disease so far. And Mom’s heart is simply no longer able to keep up. Mom had heart surgery in early February and 10 days later suffered cardiac arrest from congestive heart failure. She is alive, but unable to live on her own for the foreseeable future. They are both 80 years old. We have just gotten Dad settled into a Memory Care Unit. It is ironic that Dad’s physical health is excellent as his mind slips away, and Mom’s sharp mind is frustrated by her diminishing health.


Our family does not have the financial means to afford my parents to live separately in assisted living situations, which is what must happen. Doctors are adamant that my parents can no longer live together because doing so will kill Mom long before it does Dad. Mom is that soul who cannot not caretake. This is the driver behind my decision to step out of my career and devote to them the attention they both require during this season, however long it may last.


As many of you know, my husband Tim is already retired. We have decided to sell our home and move to East Texas where we will live with my mom and help with my dad, as well. It has been a difficult decision at which to arrive, but we both and our extended families as well believe it is the right one for all concerned.


On a happier note, the other side of the sandwich where we are the lunchmeat is my daughter and son-in-law in Tulsa. They will be having twin girls this summer – the answer to many prayers and the end of a long journey through the maze of infertility and IVF. We are all beyond overjoyed and look forward to the first grandbabies from this side of the family and the flexibility to be back and forth between both pieces of bread.


I am confident that this is a season, and seasons change. We do not know exactly where we are headed when the leaves turn again, but for now we are answering the call we believe is uniquely ours in this chapter of our family’s story.


I will miss TACVB and am thankful for the time serving our DMO industry. It was in a season some 31 years ago not unlike the one where we find ourselves now when I “happened into” this DMO world by chance. That unexpected door opened to a greater, more rewarding career than I would ever have imagined possible. I believe such a door is around a corner again somewhere down the road. We’ll be ready when it opens, and I am absolutely positive it will open when the time is right.


I love our industry. I will miss the rush of this wonderful adventure! I am confident that our TACVB Board, our members and the passion that binds our DMO world together are powerful stuff. It is the fuel of the future, and I wish each of you a bright and successful journey keeping Texas strong. 

Regards,

 


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