Valerie Knoblauch

Valerie Knoblauch, Chair, NYSTIA BOD & President, Finger Lakes Visitors Connectionwas hired as the first director of tourism for Ontario County in 1984. Her previous experience included tour guide responsibilities and public relations manager at Gold Seal Vineyards in Hammondsport.

Valerie has a degree in English Education from State University College at Oswego and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. Valerie also holds the CTP designation from the National Tour Association. She has taught on the adjunct faculty at local colleges and guest lectured at a variety of institutions including New York University. She is a current member of the New York State Tourism Industry Association Executive Committee and past board member of the Travel Industry Association of America.

Valerie has authored several articles on travel and tourism issues, and has published the Ontario County Pictorial History