The first of the year Geneva BID Executive Director, John Hicks, announced he would be leaving the position at the end of September, a position he has held for seven years.Shortly thereafter, a Search Committee was created and a timely process was established seeking applications and arranging interviews. With receiving a good number of applications, they were ranked as to the qualifications and experience the committee was seeking to address the Geneva BID strategic plan. Selected interviews were scheduled and after each candidate appeared to the search committee, in-depth discussions and evaluations led to the recommendation of current Geneva BID Executive Assistant Amanda Airth.Search Committee Chairman Bob Stivers stated to the full board that her knowledge and planned initiatives were enthusiastic and blew the committee away. Her appointment was unanimous.Amanda has a BA degree in English and Communications from Queens University of Charlotte, as well as a MS degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Non Profit Management from Merchyhurst University. Prior to attending graduate school she worked in the tourism industry in Charleston, South Carolina. She has worked at the Geneva BID for the past two years as the Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator. A Geneva native, Airth graduated from Geneva High School in 2006 and currently resides in Stanley with her husband, Aaron.“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity and hope to lead the organization in a manner that not only exceeds expectations but allows an exploration of initiatives for the District and City as a whole. It is a great time to be involved in the city that Geneva has become and I can only hope to uphold and contribute to the revitalization of our Downtown area,” remarked Airth. “The support from the Board of Directors has been overwhelming and I have no doubt that their oversight will continue to propel the BID in the upward path it has been traveling for the past seven years.”President Dave Linger stated that Airth will begin her new duties starting October 1, and has begun laying out the next phase of the Geneva BID strategic plan.