Pictured Above from Left to Right: Roland Hall, Deborah Thompson, Julie Stadig, Joel Rose, Sheila Barefoot, Shawn Hobbs, Kay Raynor, Ray Jordan, Phillip Bell and Susan Richert.
Not Pictured: Matthew Register, Roy Patel, Tom Hart, Clark Wooten and David Clack.
Location: 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton, NC 28328
The Sampson County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s primary mission is to market and promote Sampson County, its assets and its industry partners to attract business and leisure travelers. The CVB Board Members consist of a 12 Voting Members, 2 Non-Voting Ex-Officio Members and 1 Director. The Sampson County CVB Board Members are as follows:
Mr. Roland Hall – Retired
Mr. Roland Hall lives in Roseboro. He is a retired U. S. Army Chief Warrant Officer with several military awards and decorations, who completed two combat tours during the Vietnam War. Roland served 22 years as a member of the Roseboro Town Board, including four years as Mayor. He promotes community and economic develop as he represents Sampson County and the Town of Roseboro on several boards and commissions, such as the Fort Bragg Regional Land Use Advisory Commission, the Sampson County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, the Sampson Community College Foundation Board and the Western Sampson Commerce Group.
Deborah Thompson – Owner, Simply NC
Ms. Thompson, Owner, Simply NC has operated her business in downtown Clinton offering NC and Sampson County products and gift baskets, and this is a highly visible tourist spot. Simply NC was created by business owner Deborah Thompson as a way to market her family vineyard’s 100% muscadine juice. Upon doing marketing research, Deborah began to realize that other entrepreneurs across the state also needed a place to market their products, bringing about the idea of a North Carolina exclusive products store. Opening with various products from 22 vendors from across the state, Simply NC rapidly grew to 92 vendors within the first year of operation. Currently, we represent 39 of North Carolina’s counties, and our goal is to provide customers with products from each of the 100 counties.
Matthew Register – Owner, Southern Smoke BBQ & South Catering
Recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine and on the TODAY Show, Chef Matthew Register is bringing his passion for southern cuisine to the masses. A resident of Garland, NC, Register and his wife Jessica own Southern Smoke BBQ, named one of the top 25 BBQ restaurants in the US by Men’s Journal, as well as, South Catering, and the Southern Smoke BBQ food truck. Matthew has served on the Sampson County Conventions and Visitors Bureau Board since 2016.
Phillip Bell – Retired
Philip Bell is a Coharie/Lumbee Indian born and raised in the Herring Township of Sampson County. Retired after 34 years from the US Department of Agriculture and served as a Regional and National Forest Pests Program Manager for twelve years. Current volunteer with the Coharie Tribe overseeing the Great Coharie River Initiative. Project initially began in 2015 as a river restoration project to create a navigable corridor along the Upper Great Coharie River to allow community residents an opportunity to enjoy the river.
Susan Richert – Owner, The Richert Inn and Secretary of the CVB Board
Susan Richert lives in Clinton, NC. She and her husband Dave moved here from Houston, TX in March of 2014. She worked in Houston for most of her career in the oil and gas industry. Susan worked as a pipeline designer and project coordinator for over 30 years. Susan and Dave semi-retired and bought the Shield House bed and breakfast in November of 2012. They spent 1-1/2 years renovating it and re-opened the old Victorian home in June 2014 now known as The Richert Inn on Sampson Street. She has served as a member of the Sampson County CVB Board since 2014, and also serves as Secretary of the CVB Board.
Sharad Surati – Owner, The Inn at Clinton and The Comfort Inn
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Sharad Surati lives in Clinton and is the owner / operator of the Inn at Clinton and The Comfort Inn.
Roy Patel – Owner, Days Inn
Roy is the owner and operator of Days Inn of Clinton NC. Mr. Roy Patel purchased Days Inn in January, 2017. He serves as representing the lodging providers, due to the occupancy tax funding in the county and has been an important member of the Sampson County CVB board since 2017.
Joel Rose –
Joel Rose is a Clinton businessman who enjoys all things Sampson County. A former Rotary Club President, he has served on numerous local boards to include the Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Downtown Historic Preservation committee, the Sampson Arts Council, the Sampson County History Museum Board and the Friends of the Sampson County Waterways. He is currently the president of the Sampson County Historical Society. An avid kayak-er, he enjoys the scenic beauty found on the Great Coharie and Black River.
Kay Raynor – Retired. President of the Sampson County History Museum
Ms. Kay Raynor, a member of the Clinton Main Street’s Promotion Committee, has been instrumental in getting local business feedback and promoting downtown events and activities, Ms. Raynor also serves as president of the Sampson County History Museum, working to create an impactful destination that can attract visitors from around the state to the heart of this county. She also has been very instrumental in the Barn Quilt Project of Sampson County. She would be an asset to the CVB Board.
Shawn Hobbs – Business Owner
Mr. Hobbs is the Main Street Director for the Town of Roseboro and the Director of the STEP Prosperity Program and the Community Garden in Roseboro. He works to promote Roseboro in a manner to attract visitors to the area.
Sheila Barefoot – CVB Executive Director and Clerk of the CVB Board
Ms. Barefoot became our Tourism Executive Director in January 2016. She is originally from Roxboro, NC, and now resides in Newton Grove, NC.
As Executive Director, Sheila’s primary responsibilities are to promote and market Sampson County to the traveling public and work to establish Sampson County as a destination for meetings, events, group tours, day-trips and conventions. She handles media inquiries about area attractions, SCCVB news, as well as, festivals and events. In addition, Sheila works with local businesses to develop programs that will support their businesses in a manner that will expand and grow the travel industry within Sampson County. She also serves as President of the Sampson County Hospital Foundation and serves as Treasurer of the North Carolina’s Coast Host.
Ray Jordan – Executive Director Agri-Expo Center & Treasurer of the CVB Board
Mr. Jordan currently serves as Executive Director of the Sampson County Exposition Center and as Assistant Director for the Sampson County Economic Development Commission. He is a founding member of the Sampson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he served as Chairman from 2008 until 2016 and is currently serving as Treasurer. Mr. Jordan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sampson Arts Council, Inc. and Chairman of the Alive After Five Concert Series. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards of local and statewide organizations. He currently resides in Clinton NC.
Tom Hart – City Manager
Tom Hart was hired as the Clinton City Manager in January 2018. Tom previously served as the Town Manager in Boiling Springs, NC and before that was the Assistant Town Manager in Dobson, NC. Tom earned a Masters of Public Administration degree (MPA) from Appalachian State University and continues his professional development as a member of the International City Management Association (ICMA) and North Carolina City and County Management Association. In 2017, Tom graduated from the Public Executive Leadership Academy at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government and in 2018 he became an ICMA Credentialed Manager. Tom, his wife and daughter are proud to live in Clinton and call this wonderful community home.
Clark Wooten – Chairman, Sampson County Board of Commissioners
Mr. Clark Wooten is the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and is appointed by the Sampson County Board of Commissioners. His position is a permanent position of the CVB Board.
David Clack – Sampson County CFO
Mr. Clack is a permanent position of the CVB Board.
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