VISIT DENVER is a private, non-profit trade association with 1,200 business members that has a contract with the City & County of Denver and is charged with marketing metro Denver as a convention and leisure destination. Tourism is Denver’s second largest industry and had its best year in 2010 with some 12.7 million overnight visitors spending $3 billion. The tourism industry supports 50,000 jobs in metro Denver. The board provides direction for VISIT DENVER’s full time staff of 60 professionals and 100 part-time employees.
Joining James on the Bureau’s 2012 executive committee are: chair-elect Craig Piper, president & CEO of the Denver Zoo; secretary Bruce Alexander, president & CEO, Vectra Bank; and treasurer Tony DeNovellis, president & CEO, AAA Colorado.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS JOIN VISIT DENVER
Four new board members have joined the 38-member Board of Directors of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. Joining the board for the first time are: George Sparks, president & CEO, Denver Museum of Nature & Science; David Corsun, director & associate professor, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, University of Denver; and John F. Kennedy, managing director, THOR Travel Services. Sen. Brandon Shaffer, Colorado State Senator; and Rep. Frank McNulty, Speaker of the House, Colorado House of Representatives will join the board as ex-officio members. Reappointed for another two-year term on the board are: Bruce Alexander, Vectra Bank; Ross Alexander, Veolia Transportation on Demand; Scott Bemis, Denver Business Journal; Mike Benson, Kroenke Sports; Ed Bucholtz, Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center; Tom Curley, Starwood Hotels & Resorts; Tony DeNovellis, AAA Colorado; Larry DiPasquale, Epicurean Culinary Group; Joe Ellis, Denver Broncos Football Club; Lori Fox, United Airlines; Nick LeMasters, Cherry Creek Shopping Center; and Cindy Parsons, Comcast.