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9/18/2012 10:49:00 AM
Slice of life: Josie Bustillos
Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitors Bureau General Manager inaugurates new series taking a look at those who live and work in Tusayan and Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitors Bureau General Manager Josie Bustillos takes a rare break in her office in Tusayan. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitors Bureau General Manager Josie Bustillos takes a rare break in her office in Tusayan. Ryan Williams/WGCN
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What does an average day look like? When does it start, end?

My day starts at about 5 a.m. A nice, hot cup of coffee and about and hour to myself and a little time to spend with my favorite gal- my German Shepherd Lilly - and then off to Tusayan I go. I drive 100 miles a day, five days a week. Each day is different but always busy with meetings, event planning, accounting and helping out my staff in the office. Then, if all goes well, I'm heading back to Williams around 5 p.m. unless we have a mixer or an event in Tusayan that I need to stay for. I'm home by around 6 p.m. Just long enough to visit with my mom and spend a little time with Lilly and then off to bed.

How did you end up in Tusayan?

I actually grew up in Tusayan and graduated from Grand Canyon High School. So I guess officially it's home. I had taken an early retirement from my job at Southwest Airlines and was just looking for something part-time to keep me busy while I decided what the next career option of my life would be - and here I am two and a half years later. It was not the path that I had originally thought I would be on but, sometimes fate leads us in a different direction and here I am.

What's the biggest challenge you face? What's the most rewarding part of the job?

Finding my way in this position. Hoping that each day the decisions I make are the right ones. Working towards making the chamber as successful as possible. Most rewarding - that we are succeeding. The Chamber is growing and very alive. We have a great presence in the community and our membership is very happy with us. We have nowhere to go but up.

What's your most memorable moment?

Bringing the LVIC (local visitors information center) back to the chamber. For many years it was at the National Geographic IMAX Theater. But, it was time to bring it back to chamber. It took five months to get the paperwork processed and get the approval from the Arizona Department of Tourism. This was a huge success for us as a Chamber and for our membership. As I always say we might be small but, WE ARE MIGHTY.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Article comment by: TUSAYAN SUPPORTER

It would be nice if the Tusayan Chamber was run more for the benefit of Tusayan and less as as a branch office of the Williams Chamber. Visitors should spend more time at the Canyon and less in Flagstaff or Williams

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