Nicole Kirksey 

Director of Tourism
Americus Welcome Center

Nicole Thurston is currently the Director of Tourism for Americus – Sumter County. Born in Macon, Georgia, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville for Broadcast Journalism/Mass Communications with a Minor in International Studies.

Her career began as a journalist for 13WMAZ, the #1 CBS affiliate in the nation. She won an Associated Press Award and a Gabby for producing “Faces of Freedom,” a documentary that highlighted the integration of the military. She has spent the past 15+ years working in Marketing & Communications with the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and the Tubman African American Museum. While living in Birmingham, Alabama, she worked as the Director of Marketing & Communications for the American Heart Association for the State of Alabama, Eastern Tennessee, and the panhandle of Florida. Her last position was as the Executive Director of a historic house museum, the Cannonball House, in Macon, Georgia. She has served on several boards throughout her career: She was both a Rotarian in Macon and now Americus, served on the boards for: Macon Volunteer Clinic, American Cancer Society, Centenary Community Ministries, Georgia Arts Network, Star Choices, Inc., and Americus Rotary Club.

She spent years as a freelance writer for several publications: B Metro Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, Macon Magazine and the 11th Hour. In her free time, she facilitates board retreats, travels, blogs, enjoys photography & French cooking. She is married and lives in Plains, Georgia (home of Jimmy Carter,) with 3 step daughters, 1 son-in-law, and has a beautiful 3-year-old grand daughter that calls her Glamma.

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