Business Briefs, Dec. 22


The Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) recently completed the first year of its Leadership Program in Austin. Thirteen leadership candidates, including Shanna Smith Snyder of Granbury, graduated from the program, and each received an engraved gavel from the office of Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.

“I feel extremely privileged to graduate from such an esteemed TTIA program. It truly developed my managerial and leadership skills, as well as advocacy skills. The networking opportunities, support and mentorship from recognized industry leaders has been invaluable and will truly help me grow our department and help support the future of our state’s tourism industry,” said Smith Snyder.

TTIA’s Leadership Program consisted of four sessions and various webinars focused on building leadership, communication and advocacy skills. The program boasted an impressive lineup of speakers including Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief, The Texas Tribune; Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (Brownsville); and Dan Decker, president, SeaWorld San Antonio.

Each graduate will continue to participate in the leadership program as an alumni member to continue their leadership development in TTIA and the Texas travel industry, and will also serve as a mentor for the emerging leaders of the future leadership classes.

Smith Snyder will begin immediately as she was elected to the TTIA board of directors in the same week. She received the “Rising Star” award from the association in September 2011 at the annual Summit Conference and has spent the time preparing to serve in this capacity.

“I am incredibly proud of the first class of leadership graduates,” said David Teel, President and CEO of the Texas Travel Industry Association.



The Church at Granbury has opened to the public its Holy Ground Book and Gift Shop, located in its building at 4900 Sonterra Court, one mile up Smokey Hill Court.

Church Administrator Linda Watkins said the shop would be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

“All profits from the store go to our various church ministries…and for benevolence,” she said. “We have a large range of cards and gifts, and carry artwork, candles and jewelry crafted by Christian artisans from throughout this area. Our goal is to provide unique items that are difficult, if not impossible, to find in other area stores.”

Watkins said the shop had a small supply of Bibles and Christian books now, but expects a dramatic increase in both Bibles and titles following the Christmas holidays.