Bob Smith retires from Division of Tourism

Former newspaper publisher and 1991 MPA President R.B. “Bob” Smith III, 71, retired July 1 after many years with the Missouri Division of Tourism.
He was the interim director, a position he filled once before during his tenure with Tourism.
Smith began his work with the Missouri Division of Tourism in 1988 when he became a member of the tourism commission. He remained on the commission for nine years, spending five of those years as the chairman. After leaving the commission he began working for the Division of Tourism.
“They asked me to come on and do some legislative work, and it kind of went from there,” he told the Lebanon Daily Record, his hometown newspaper.
Smith continued his association with MPA and newspapers throughout his years with Tourism.
A retirement party was held June 7 in Kansas City to honor him.
“I have some projects I want to do, and I am going to stay involved in tourism,” he said. “I’m going to keep my finger in the pie.”
He also said he has a pastime that he has missed out on for a number of years that he will be able to enjoy once again — checking out the local coffee shops.
“I can blow a half a day every morning by just coming into town, going to the coffee shops and visiting with people,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to getting back involved in the community.”
Smith grew up in Tennessee and began his newspaper career there. In 1980 he became publisher of the Branson Beacon in Missouri. In 1988 he moved to Lebanon to publish The Lebanon Daily Record for Dalton Wright. He was inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2005.
—From a story in the
Lebanon Daily Record)

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