In July this year, two new board members were elected to the CVB, Doralee Rees of the Hotel Leger, and Larry Cornish of Mark Twain Medical Center. This month’s Q&A turns the spotlight on Larry Cornish. It was childhood vacations that first brought him to the foothills, and like many, he ended up falling in love with the area.
CVB: Please tell us about your role at the hospital and how you came to be in Calaveras County.
LC: My wife, Diane, and I moved to Murphys in 1988; it is the best place to live! Growing up in Long Beach, my mom and dad introduced me to the Motherlode on vacations. It was a great experience with the rich history, rural communities and parks – and best of all, warm people. Our kids love it too. I applied to a position at Mark Twain Hospital and quickly was absorbed into healthcare leadership.
My title at Mark Twain Medical Center is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and my primary responsibility is the development of facilities to provide services to the community. The new Angels Camp Medical Center is the hot project right now.
CVB: Why is it important for the hospital to be a member of the CVB?
LC: It may sound weird, but the hospital and tourism do have parallels. In order to provide the community with the best possible programs and services, Mark Twain Medical Center needs strong demographic growth. Tourists visit and some will stay. This helps the local economy and the tax base, which has positive effects on what we do and where we do it.
CVB: What are your favorite things to do in Calaveras?
LC: Diane and I love the outdoors. We also grow Tempranillo and Cabernet for Frog’s Tooth Winery. Diane is on the Board for the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance and I am a Director with Destination Angels Camp as well as the CVB. My real passion is cars, and besides our small collection, I like restoration, fabrication and paint. I like driving them too!
CVB: What would you like to see happen during your time with the CVB?
LC: As for the Calaveras Visitors Bureau, I would like to see us develop things to do and places to go while the tourists are here. The best spots are the ones no one knows about! Let’s let the cat out of the bag!
Thanks to Larry for the info, and on that last point, we couldn’t agree more. One of the things we hear often from our visitors is stories about how their discoveries off the beaten path really help shape their experience here – and become part of their best memories of Calaveras!