Chair-elect is Bruce James, CEO/managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C. Julie Bender, president & CEO of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District, will serve as secretary, while Tony DeNovellis, president & CEO of AAA Colorado, will serve as treasurer.

Bucholtz has been general manager of the 1,100-room Hyatt since 2008. He came to Denver from Tampa, where he was the general manager of the Hyatt Regency Tampa.

“Denver is coming off its second best convention year ever in 2010, and we want to keep that momentum going in 2011 and beyond,” Bucholtz stated.

The board provides direction for VISIT DENVER’s full time staff of 60 professionals and 100 part-time employees.


Nine new board members have joined the Board of Directors of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Bureau was founded in 1909 and is charged with marketing Denver as a convention and leisure destination. Tourism is Denver’s second biggest industry accounting for $2.8 billion in annual spending, while supporting 50,000 jobs.

Joining the 38-member board are: Paul Andrews, president & CEO of the National Western Stock Show; Ian Arthur, vice president of marketing & branding, Frontier Airlines; Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D., vice president of institutional advancement, Metropolitan State College of Denver; Tim Brown, chairman & CEO, Radius Media Holdings; Rob Cohen, chairman & CEO, IMA Financial Group; Pat Cortez, senior vice president, Wells Fargo; Jennifer Jasinski, owner & chef, Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall; Carla Perez, assistant general manager of administration, Regional Transportation District (RTD); Kent Rice, director of Theatres & Arenas, City & County of Denver.

Eight board members are retiring from the VISIT DENVER board: Jack Finlaw, chief of staff, Mayor’s Office, City & County of Denver; Pat Grant, retired, National Western Stock Show; Rosalind “Bee” Harris, publisher, Denver Urban Spectrum; Phil Karsh, retired, Karsh/Hagan; Lee Larsen, retired, Clear Channel Communications; Don Marshall, retired, Wells Fargo Bank; Bill Mosher, area director and principal, TrammelCrow Company; and Colette Ratcliff, president, Ratcliff Resources.

Long time board member and former VISIT DENVER Chair Joy Burns, president & owner of the Burnsley Hotel, was made a lifetime member of the board.