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Ms. Debbie Kovalik Flynn

Executive Director

Grand Junction CO

HQ Phone: (970) 257-0072

Grand Junction CO

718 Horizon Drive

Grand Junction, Colorado 81506

United States

Company Description

Grand Junction offers your group a real Western experience as well as up-to-date accommodations and facilities, with full-service assistance from the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. Set in the shadow of the spectacular Colorado National Monu ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Department Director
City of Grand Junction

Director of Economic , Convention and Visitor Services
Grand Junction Sentinel , CO

Department Director
Convention Center

Executive Director
VCB

Department Director
The Economic , Convention & Visitor Services of the City of Grand Junction

Affiliations

Chair of Tourism Committee
Club 20

Web References (139 Total References)


Debbie Kovalik, executive ...

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Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, asked councilors during a Monday night workshop if they would like to weigh in on how the venue is managed in the future.

The Avalon Theatre has drawn 88,000 people this year, in its first year after a nearly $10 million remodel. The venue made nearly $58,000 this year, which is a turnaround from years of operating in the red.
Kovalik said councilors have yet to give direction on how they would like to see the venue operate in the future.
"We'd love to have more input from council," Kovalik said.
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Providing movies has been "a way we can keep the lights on," Kovalik said.
Kovalik said some Avalon board members are wondering how the venue can have more large acts and attractions utilize the space.
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And if Kovalik is smart she can offer the council publicly to submit ideas but behind closed doors she should be asking them to stay the hell away!


Author Larry Ceplair, right, who co-wrote ...

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Author Larry Ceplair, right, who co-wrote "Dalton Trumbo: Blacklisted Hollywood Radical," hands an autographed copy of the book to Debbie Kovalik at Friday night's reception and film screening event at the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction.

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Kovalik is executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.


And that's music to the ears ...

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And that's music to the ears of someone such as Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau.

For years, Kovalik and the bureau have promoted such events, and the region is now starting to see crowds return to the Grand Valley to attend them.
"We are seeing a really strong increase in business coming in here just in the last three months," said Kovalik, adding that most hotels in the valley were hanging their "no vacancy" signs this weekend.


Operations at the Avalon ...

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Operations at the Avalon should be about $40,000 in the black this year, said Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.

In years past, the city of Grand Junction subsidized operations at the city-owned Avalon, anywhere between $20,000 to $80,000 a year. The theater lost $80,000 in 2008, before Kovalik took over operations and changed the business model away from the Cinema at the Avalon.
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"We haven't yet lost money on the movies," Kovalik said.
Kovalik said the city's role in the Avalon is not to bring in performance acts; that's the role of private promoters.
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The popularity of the space was a surprise to Avalon officials, Kovalik said.
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"That's because the air conditioning and heating work," Kovalik said.


During the recent county fair winemaker's ...

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During the recent county fair winemaker's competition, Acquafresca credited Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Naomi Smith of Grande River Vineyards for coming up with the idea for a wine tasting at the fair.

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