By Sarah Richardson & Peggy Mackenzie
However, at the most recent GCAA meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, a vote regarding the formation of an airport CVB was tabled due to possible ethics violations. Greg Furlong, vice president of sales for The Greenbrier and a newly elected GCAA member, and Debbie Phillips, whose husband works at the resort part-time, were awaiting a response from the ethics commission about whether they would have to recuse themselves from matters regarding the new CVB due to a conflict of interest.
Phillips opted to recuse herself, while Furlong motioned to table the matter for the next GCAA meeting. County Commissioner and GCAA member Mike McClung attempted to address Furlongs motion to table rather than simply removing himself so a vote could be held, but was interrupted by GCAA President Lowell Johnson’s call for a table motion, which passed unanimously. This was Furlong’s first motion as a member of the GCAA board. He also represents The Greenbrier as a GCCVB board of directors member.
After the motion, two people who signed up to comment offered their remarks. Larry Kline, vice president and general manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, told the authority that, “Great things are going on” at the airport. “You’re on the…