New Organization Focuses on Route 66 Centennial
Route 66 Crossroads Focused on Development of Community Educational Initiatives
Organization to Foster Awareness of Economic Opportunities in Route 66 Renaissance
The ever-increasing interest in Route 66 represents an incredible opportunity for economic development in communities along that highway’s corridor. Fostering awareness of these opportunities through the creation of community educational initiatives is the focus of Route 66 Crossroads, a nonprofit 501C3 established on March 1, 2019 in Kingman, Arizona. The organization will be using the highways centennial in 2026 as a focal point but the emphasis will be placed on long term goals; educate and empower all Route 66 communities through opportunities for preservation, promotional, interpretation and cultural history that result in economic development as well as community revitalization.
These are lofty aspirations, but the organization is building on a solid foundation. Diana Caldon, president, is the owner of Diana’s Cellar Door in Kingman, Arizona. Caldon has a lengthy resume that incudes work with various groups and initiatives to develop tourism in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. In Kingman, Caldon has continued her work to support and create cooperative partnerships that bolster area tourism. One manifestation of this is her hosting of the Kingman Promotional Initiative, a group that meets monthly to coordinate event development and community promotion.
Diana Ambrosie, vice president, is originally from Romania, is multilingual, holds a BA in Environmental Sciences and has resided in Kingman, Arizona since 2015. She currently serves as the General Manager for Hualapai Lodge and Grand Canyon West Call Center, located in the heart of the Hualapai Nation, in Peach Springs, Arizona. Grand Canyon Resort Corporation is fully owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. Diana’s career encompasses all aspects of the hospitality business from hotel and resort management, timeshares and property management to all facets of casino operations. She is engaged with local organizations including service on various boards that are focused on education, culture and the arts and tourism alike.
Bilel Kaabeche, secretary/treasurer, is currently an accountant for Discount Signs in Kingman, Arizona. He has a diverse international background, is multilingual, and has a bachelor’s degree of business management and accounting, all assets for an organization that looks to tap into the international Route 66 community.
The board has unanimously selected author Jim Hinckley, creator of Jim Hinckley’s America, to serve as CEO. Hinckley, a tourism development consultant is well known in the international Route 66 community. Hinckley serves as a member on the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s economic development committee and sits on the board of the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Kingman. He has spoken internationally on Route 66 history and tourism, works as a facilitator for the Route 66 Association of Kingman to host events and receptions for tours traveling Route 66, and is the recipient of awards from the German, Dutch, and Czech Route 66 associations.
For more information:
Route 66 Crossroads
Diane Caldon, President
P.O. Box 6981
Kingman, AZ 86402