Seattle, March 24, 2004: Katherine Kertzman, Program Director for Seattle Southside Visitor Services, was recognized last week by the mayor of Tukwila, Steve Mullet, with his special Mayor’s Award.

Presented at the City of Tukwila’s Employee Banquet held at the Museum of Flight, Mayor Mullet sited Kertzman’s “dedication and enthusiasm to making the tourism program in Tukwila successful”. He also noted that she was instrumental in bringing SeaTac on board to create Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS). Mullet pointed out that SSVS won two national awards from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) last year for its Vacation Planner and website. Winners of the Mayor’s Special Award are selected for work within their own department, among other city departments and within the community.

Kertzman began the City of Tukwila’s tourism and marketing program in 1999. Prior to that she was principal of Kertzman Associates, a design and marketing firm. Her visionary work while a department head for Highline Community Hospital created momentum for development of comprehensive women’s health care programs from Des Moines to West Seattle.

Capitalizing on the success of the City of Tukwila’s three-year-old tourism and marketing program, SeaTac and Tukwila joined forces in February 2002 and formed Seattle Southside Visitor Services. Funded by the 1% lodging tax collected in both cities, Seattle Southside Visitor Services assists both residents and visitors with their travel plans.