Mission Statement

To generate economic impact and promote DeKalb County as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.

Purpose of a Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) serves as the first point of contact for meeting planners, sports tournament directors, tour operators, special event planners, and leisure travelers. Marketing, advertising, and promotional efforts are focused 50 miles outside the bureau’s region to attract new dollars and new business, which results in a positive impact on economic development.

A CVB does not organize meetings, conventions or sporting events. A CVB helps the meeting planners, tournament directors and visitors learn about the destination and area attractions to make the best possible use of all the services and facilities the destination has to offer.



  • Alex Nerad – Chair (Egyptian Theatre)
  • Derek Hiland – Vice Chair (DeKalb County)
  • Brad Hoey – Past Chair (NIU Athletics)
  • Adam Curtis – Treasurer (Midwest Tents & Events)
  • Jenna Spychal – Secretary (Jonamac Orchard)
  • Cortney Strohacker – Executive Director (DCCVB)


  • Cohen Barnes (City of DeKalb)
  • Geri Benning (Sandwich Chamber)
  • Michael Embrey (FunME Events)
  • Josh Huseman (Sycamore Alderman)
  • Mary Keys (Genoa Guest House)
  • Shawn Lowe (WDKB Radio Station)
  • Nick Nagele (Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.)
  • Ryan Sedevie (NIU Athletics)
  • David Shimberg (Montcler Hotel)
  • Vicky Torres (Red Roof Inn)

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Board Members

  • Mark Kerman (Siepert & Co., LLP)

DCCVB Governing Policies

Our Communities

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  • Cortland
  • DeKalb
  • Genoa
  • Hinckley
  • Kingston
  • Kirkland
  • Lee
  • Malta
  • Maple Park
  • Sandwich
  • Shabbona
  • Somonauk
  • Sycamore
  • Waterman

NIU Homecoming Week: October 4-9