The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has hired Crown Point Mayor David Uran as its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Speros Batistatos whose contract was not renewed. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Uran will step down as mayor to lead the Lake County tourism agency full time.
Funded largely by hotel taxes, the SSCVA works to promote tourism and attract visitors, sports tournaments, and conventions.
“Dave Uran has been a transformational mayor in the city of Crown Point. I have no doubt Dave will do amazing things in his new role as CEO of the South Shore CVA,” Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott said to the publication. “Even though his residents will miss him as their mayor, Crown Point’s loss, in this case, is Lake County’s gain.”
The publication says the board of directors opted not to renew the contract with Batistatos because of concerns over ballooning compensation and clashes with the board over how federal grant money was spent.
Uran was elected to four terms as mayor of Crown Point, winning in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. He will start May 31.