The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission will have two new faces in the coming months.
Brandon Karn resigned from his position last week after four years of service as a member of the volunteer group. His resignation is effective immediately.
“I’ve had a good run on the commission, but I feel like it’s time to focus on my business, and some other opportunities that are coming up right now,” Karn said on Friday.
Karn owns Jammin’ Java which operates three coffee shop locations in Fayetteville and a fourth in Branson, Missouri. He is also lead organizer of the Fayetteville Foam Fest and co-founder of The Huntin’ Show, a locally produced television show which will begin airing its second season in mid-September.
Karn said the show will air in two new markets this year – Little Rock, Ark. and Springfield, Mo. – and that he hopes to add several more cities in 2013.
Re-runs from the first season of The Huntin’ Show can be seen locally at 6:30 a.m. Sunday mornings on KXNW. Season 2 will air beginning Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. on KFSM.
Karn was first appointed to the commission in 2009 following the resignation of Pat Gazzola. He was re-appointed for a second term in March 2010. His current term was set to expire March 31, 2014.
Marilyn Heifner, executive director of the commission, said the remaining commissioners will decide how to fill Karn’s seat during its regular meeting next week. Heifner said the group could pick an unchosen nominee from the most recent list of applicants or they could start from scratch and call for a new set of applicants.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan said last week that he plans to step down from his position on the A&P Commission. Jordan nominated Ward 3 Alderman Bobby Ferrell as his replacement through the end of the year. The City Council will discuss Ferrell’s nomination at its next regular meeting on July 3.
The seven-member commission is comprised of two elected city officials (City Council members or the mayor), four owners or managers of businesses in the tourism industry (at least three from hotels, motels, or restaurants) and one person from the public at-large.