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The Search Is On!
With Scott Beck’s departure, I’ve been asked to step in as Visit Salt Lake’s interim President & CEO while a national search is conducted for our new President & CEO. As you may know, I have served as VSL’s Executive Vice President & CFO since 1998, and stood in as CEO during the search that resulted in bringing Scott on board in 2005. That went well, so I will go back to that playbook which focused on helping out as needed but mostly staying out of everyone’s way because the VSL team is running smoothly and aggressively, thanks in large part to the direction and support our Board of Directors provides.
The Search Committee has been busy. Since Scott’s announcement they have hired SearchWide Global, a full-service executive search firm specializing in our industry. With impeccable credentials earned over years of service throughout North America, SearchWide has recruited outstanding CEOs to lead organizations like ours. They’ve advised us the process will take between three and four months, and we will keep you posted as to the progress via this monthly Member newsletter.
Visit Salt Lake recently wrapped up another four-month window of time, the unofficial summer convention season, and it appears we have set another record! VSL booked—and our community hosted—73 meetings, conventions and athletic events June through September, welcoming nearly 322,000 attendees who occupied more than 334,000 hotel room nights and spent $300+ million while in Salt Lake.
More than ever, thank you for your continued support through this time of transition and a collective congratulations on another incredible summer!