Anthony E. Graves: New Director of Government & Community Affairs for VISIT DENVER
June 08, 2010
Anthony E. Graves is the new Director of Government & Community affairs for VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitor Bureau, where he will be responsible for the Bureau’s government and community outreach.
VISIT DENVER is a non-profit trade association charged with marketing Denver as a convention and leisure destination. Travel is Denver’s second largest industry, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending while supporting 65,000 jobs.
Graves comes to the Bureau with a strong track-record in community relations, government affairs, marketing and public relations. He was most recently an adjunct professor of International Marketing and Business at Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Sales Enablement Manager at Level 3 Communications. Prior to his time at Level 3, he spent twelve years working in a variety of international marketing and operations positions in the IT and Telecommunications industry.
In the community, he has served and continues to serve on numerous community and non-profit boards, including; Chairman of the Board of the Five Points Business District; Charter President of the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District; a member of the Board of Delegates for the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Association and the Denver Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Anthony has also been appointed to the Denver Community Health Board by Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Utility Consumer Board by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. In 2009, Graves was awarded the University of Denver’s Community Service Award bestowed by the Chancellor.
“I am passionate about our great city and I am honored to join the VISIT DENVER team. It is a privilege to join an organization that has been promoting Denver as a visitor’s destination for over 100 years. I grew up here in Denver and feel a unique connection to this place. I hope to be an effective advocate for the Mile High City.”
“We are very excited to have Anthony Graves at the Bureau. He brings a wealth of experience in community relations, as well as being extremely involved in various community organizations throughout the Metro area. He will be able to help us tell the story of how important tourism and conventions are to Denver and Colorado and how much they benefit our economy,” said Richard Scharf, President & CEO of the Bureau.
Graves is a graduate of DePauw University and earned an International M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He and his wife Sakari live in Northeast Denver.