May 20, 2005
Melvin Tennant, director of the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and chair of the board of the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, resigned yesterday from his city position, citing personal reasons. Local sources say Tennant was involved in an improper relationship with an employee in his office. The city quickly named the SACVB’s assistant director, Janis Schmees, as acting director of the organization. She came to the bureau last September after serving as the president and CEO of the Hershey-Capital Region (Pa.) Visitors Bureau. San Antonio is now without an official CVB head and also needs to conduct a search for a city manager. These searches possibly will not take place until local run-off elections are held June 7, giving the city a new mayor and a reconfigured city council. Concerning Tennant’s position with IACVB, an association spokesperson said, “Although we have not had the opportunity to discuss the chairmanship tenure with Mr. Tennant, our bylaws allow for transitional periods [six months] in the CVB professional’s career,” meaning he can leave his current job and still retain his IACVB title if he chooses.