Five applicants have met the April 22 deadline to file for the new executive director's position with Destination Hilliard, the recently created organization that will replace the Hilliard Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Five applicants have met the April 22 deadline to file for the new executive director's position with Destination Hilliard, the recently created organization that will replace the Hilliard Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Hilliard City Council recently voted to cease funding the CVB with hotel/motel bed tax revenues because of a disagreement over how the group spent the funds it received.

Council President Brett Sciotto was the CVB's most outspoken critic, contending that the organization was not adequately promoting the city and its activities to tourists.

The current CVB will cease to exist as of May 1.

The applicants for the executive director's position include four individuals and one company. That list includes Raeshelle Bauders, of Pickerington; Christy Clark, director of tourism and public relations for the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Marysville; former TV news anchor Gabe Spiegel; Mark Schutte, former executive director of the Northern Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau; and The Godshall Group, a Dublin-based marketing and advertising firm.

Bauders is a Pickerington restaurant and former owner/operator of the La Fogata Grill restaurant. She is also a former executive assistant with the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Clark, a Dublin resident, is public relations and tourism director for the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Union County Chamber of Commerce. She has served in those roles since 2006. She is founder of Events 4 You, an event planning and public relations firm.

Kelly M. Godshall heads up The Godshall Group, a Dublin-based consulting firm that has worked on various projects with the city of Hilliard over the past four years.

Schutte served for nearly seven years as executive director of the Northern Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau. A spokesperson for the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau said the Northern Cincinnati office was disbanded approximately eight months ago. Schutte is past president of the Greater Cincinnati Lodging Council and served as a board member on the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp.

Spiegel's expertise is in the field of communications and public relations. A Hilliard resident and former Fox TV anchorman, he lists marketing, public speaking and video/website production among his qualifications.

Sciotto said he hopes the new Destination Hilliard executive director will be selected and on the job by June 1.