Mayor Johnson Appoints Tourism Board Members
Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announces new appointments to the Hudson Tourism Board. The appointments are the proprietor of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom Kristan Keck, writer and founder of Friends of Oakdale Tamar Adler, marketing professional Chris Mcmanus, and educator and small business owner Filiz Soyak.
"People enjoy visiting Hudson because of our diversity, authenticity, and commitment to equity,” says Johnson. “These appointees will build on our strengths and support projects that ultimately benefit everyone—residents and tourists.”
In addition to the Mayor’s four appointees, the Common Council appointed Hannah Black, Selya Graham, Sidney Long, and Kate Treacy to the Tourism Board. Alderperson Calvin Lewis will chair the Tourism Committee.
Tamar Adler is an award-winning writer, podcaster, and cook. Tamar founded the non-profit, Friends of Oakdale Lake, and is an enthusiastic supporter of a vibrant and inclusive Hudson community. Traveling for work, Adler has learned that the most exciting tourist destinations are those that support their communities.
“We need to invest in our city—in its children, its residents, its parks,” says Adler. I look forward to working to increase investments in those areas, which will continue to make Hudson the remarkable draw it is, and drive more, and more diverse, tourism, in the future.”
Chris McManus has more than 25 years of marketing experience. He has helped nonprofits positively change their narrative and businesses align their narrative to meet their business goals. He grew up in Columbia County and is passionate about empowering local businesses and developing solutions that maximize our local potential.
"Tourism presents both challenges and opportunities for Hudson,” says McManus “We can be mindful in our approach and actively manage tourism to benefit both visitors to our great city and also the diverse communities that make up Hudson. This is about more than attracting visitors on weekends. It's about solutions that improve Hudson for everyone and programs that preserve the unique, extraordinary character that attracts tourists in the first place."
Kristan Keck and her partner Chef Wm Kirby Farmer are the proprietors of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Keck came to hospitality following a decade long career as a producer in commercial, television, and film production. She has served on the Tourism Board since it’s founding In 2018.
Filiz Soyak is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Soyak spent over 10 years in the education field—building award-winning curriculum and education programs promoting creativity, life skills, and career-readiness, for children and families of diverse communities. Her creative work has been exhibited and collected internationally. In 2019 Filiz co-founded Creative Citizen Alliance (CCA), a community organization with a mission to connect, serve, and advocate for the diverse creative community of Hudson. CCA provides a voice for local issues facing the creative sector, and actively seeks out innovative, actionable, and equitable solutions that benefit the local economy.