updated: 4/25/2011 3:29:16 PM

Evansville Appoints New Tourism Leader

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The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired a new executive director. Bob Warren comes from Visitgalena.org, an organization focused on destination marketing for the city of Galena, Illinois. He has served as executive director for tourism organizations in Galveston and Panama City Beach.

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April 25, 2011

News Release

Evansville, In. – The Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau (ECVB) Board of Commissions voted unanimously Monday to extend an offer for the Executive Director position to Robert L. Warren. Following Monday’s public meeting, Warren accepted the offer and is targeting the end of May as a start date in Evansville.

Warren comes to Evansville from Visitgalena.org, an organization focused on destination marketing for the city of Galena, Ill. He previously served as executive director of the CVBs in Galveston, Texas, and Panama City Beach, Fla., as well as the Bay County Tourist Development Council. Warren has more than 22 years leading other destination marketing organizations and has extensive private sector marketing experience prior to his convention career track.

“I’m pleased the ECVB board has the confidence to bring me to the community. I look forward to partnering with the board, staff and local officials to take our CVB to the next level,” Warren said. “I want to learn from the local hotel and hospitality staffs developing partnerships to ultimately grow the variety of visitors to our area. I know there is a solid foundation in Evansville, and I plan to engage our CVB in a new, positive direction benefiting the entire region.” The ECVB Board cited Warren’s extensive experience leading other convention and visitors bureaus and his desire to drive accountability as primary reasons to extend Warren an offer.

“We are excited about welcoming Bob to Evansville and look forward to partnering with him to grow our CVB,” said ECVB President Steve Schaefer. “This completes an exhaustive search to
fill the position. We will immediately engage him to lead a new strategic planning process and in the selection of a new advertising agency for the bureau. The Evansville region has much to offer and we look forward to working with our local officials and new executive director to market the area as a destination.”

SearchWide executive recruitment company will complete its contract with the ECVB by leading the ECVB board through the completion of the hiring process. SearchWide conducted an extensive search including local, regional and national candidates spanning the months the position had been open.

About the ECVB

The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ECVB) serves as the official tourism organization for Evansville and Vanderburgh County dedicated to market and support the local hotels and attractions by developing and facilitating the convention and visitor industry in Evansville. For more information, contact 800-433-3025 or visitevansville.com

Source: The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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