Destination Madison announced that Ellie Westman Chin has been selected as the organization’s new president & CEO following a national search. Westman Chin currently serves as president & CEO for Visit Franklin, Tennessee. In 2018, she was awarded the 2018 Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Woman in Hospitality & Tourism Leader of the Year.
Zac Craig has been named president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau operated by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Educated in Oklahoma, Craig comes to his new role following executive positions in sales and marketing for Omni Hotels and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Following the retirement of Bob Major who led the organization for eight years, North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Karen Trevino from SVP & COO to president & CEO. Trevino currently serves on the board of directors for Arkansas Travel Council, Skal International Arkansas and Southeast Tourism Society.
In upstate New York, Todd Garofano will serve as the new executive director of Discover Schenectady, the county’s DMO. Garofano has nearly 25 years of hospitality and tourism experience, including serving for eight years as president of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Lisa Mize, the interim executive director of Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention and Visitor Bureau, has been appointed as its new executive director, concluding a lengthy nationwide search. Following the resignation of Josh Albrecht in mid-2019, Mize had been serving as interim executive director in the “Art Coast of Michigan.”
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board promotions and appointments: Jake Markezin to VP Operations.
Also, Rachel Riley to senior director of communications; Justine Garbarino Belyus to senior director of marketing & business development; Jared Spackman to creative manager.
New Mexico Tourism Department has announced Lancing Adams as tourism development director. He served the department from 2012-2015 as finance director. Most recently, Adams worked as assistant commissioner for the Arizona Department of Real Estate.
Cody A. Gray has been named as president & CEO at Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism. He had been serving on in the role on an interim basis, now stepping into the position previously held by Timothy Bush who joined OneSpartanburg, Inc. in South Carolina last fall.
Karin Aaron, CTA, CSEE, has joined KKD Tourism Advisors as Managing Partner. The tourism consulting firm specializes in destination development, sports tourism, and convention sales and marketing was founded in 2020. Formerly president & CEO of Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau, her past DMO executive roles were with Visit Montgomery, Md. and Visit Loudoun.
Register here for a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET. Destinations International and Civitas will review key points: What is PPP Funding? Who is eligible? How does the application for PPP funding work? And, how to work with a local community bank for funding?
Register here for a webinar on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET. Adam Johnson, Sales Director-Midwest at ADARA, hosts a discussion on 2021 travel outlook and advance pace for several market types with industry experts:
- Zeek Coleman, Director of Data Intelligence – Visit Savannah
- Bonnie Carlson, President & CEO – Bloomington CVB (Minnesota)
- Amir Eylon, President & CEO – Longwoods International
To stay up-to-date on Covid-19 relief admin and processes and the Paycheck Protection Program, visit the dedicated site from U.S. Travel Association, found here.
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Chief Executive Officer — Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia, WA
President & CEO, Visit Greenville SC
President — Darien-McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce, GA
Executive Director — Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Hendersonville, NC
President & CEO — Explore Newnan-Coweta, GA (deadline 1/15/2021)
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CEO — Visit Estes Park, CO
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Director of Marketing — Washington Tourism Alliance (open to state residents through Jan. 27)
Director of Marketing — Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, CO
Vice President of Sales AND Director of Public Affairs & Advocacy — Visit Corpus Christi
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer — Bermuda Tourism Authority, NYC
Vice President, Research & Analytics — Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Director of Research & Market Intelligence — Virginia Tourism Corp.
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Director Tourism — Muskogee Tourism Authority, OK
Director, Sports Sales — Visit Mesa
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Group Sales Manager — Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Social Media & CVB Relations Manager — Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Area, NC
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Marketing Coordinator — Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, NY
Communications Coordinator — San Diego Tourism Authority
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Division Director — Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta
Economic Development Director — City of Victoria, TX
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Communications & Marketing Specialist — City of Highland Village, TX
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Senior Specialist-Social Media — American Airlines, Dallas
Marketing Director — Atlas Ocean Voyages, Fort Lauderdale
Executive Director — Georgia Center for the Arts, Atlanta
Director – Revolutionary War Visitor Center, City of Camden, SC
SEO Analyst — Simpleview, Tucson
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VP-Global Field Marketing — Hard Rock International, Davie, FL
Vice President Content — Snap, Inc., NYC or LA
Creative Content Strategy Manager — Shutterstock, NYC
Director-Consumer Communications & Social Media — Ancestry, San Francisco
Director, Regional Integrated Marketing — American Cancer Society, Dallas/Denver/Minneapolis-St. Paul
Director, Travel & Tourism Vertical / Velocity Group — Choozle, Denver
Senior Marketing Manager — The Presidio Trust, San Francisco
Content Strategist — Google Ads, Chicago
Director-Social Media — Whole Foods, Austin
Senior SEO Manager — RVshares, Austin
Director- Corporate Communications — Omni Hotels & Resorts, Dallas
Brand Manager, Marketing — Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Winter Park, FL
Public Relations Account Executive — Aqua Marketing & Communications, St. Petersburg, FL
Travel Editor — SFGate.com, San Francisco
Email & Social Marketing Manager — Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Chief Marketing Officer — The University of Texas at Austin
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