Business notes: Overland Park convention leader to retire

Convention Bureau leader to retire

Jerry Cook, president of the Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau, will retire at the end of this year after 18 years of overseeing the tourism organization.

“Under Jerry’s leadership and commitment, Overland Park’s hotel occupancy has reached its highest levels, and the city has evolved into a premier destination for meeting, conventions and sports events,” Bruce Boettcher, chairman of the organization said in a statement.

Cook plans to continue as chairman of the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College as well as serve as the chairman of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees and the Kansas state coordinator for the national Association of Community College Trustees.

EFL Associates, a Leawood-based executive recruitment firm, has beun a national search for Cook’s replacement.

Surgeon joins Overland Park Regional

Juan Carlos Correa, a vascular surgeon with a background in medical academia and clinical practice, has joined the staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

He will be affiliated with Kansas City Vascular and General Surgery. Correa will also see patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City and other area hospitals that are part of HCA Midwest Health.

He recently completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Saint Louis University.

Mobile fitness center

Gymguyz, a health and wellness services franchise that brings personal training to a customer’s home, office or other setting, is opening its first Kansas City area location to serve Overland Park and Prairie Village. The franchise owner is Tim Marshall. He expects to hire two trainers initially.

Founded in 2008, this is Gymguyz first location outside of New York.

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