Visit KC, the destination marketing organization (DMO) that promotes Kansas City, Mo., named Patrick Geschwind as its interim president and CEO, effective Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

“Team-oriented and performance-focused, Patrick is a proven leader and we’re fortunate to welcome him aboard Visit KC,” said Chair CiCi Rojas. “His vast experience in organizational leadership will supplement Visit KC’s current momentum while we conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.”

Geschwind is the owner and senior consultant for Patrick Geschwind & Associates, a Kansas City-based employment and performance consultancy. Geschwind takes over the role of president and CEO from Ronnie Burt, who resigned Jan. 31, 2018, following allegations of sexual harassment by female employees at Visit KC.

"I want to thank Chair CiCi Rojas and the Visit KC Board of Directors for affording me the opportunity to lead this great organization. I am honored and privileged to serve,” Geschwind said. “I am committed to working hard to help our team attain the goals that our Board has established, while building a work climate that promotes camaraderie and open communication. I am thrilled to be here and can't wait to get started."

Visit KC’s Board of Directors is conducting a national search for a permanent replacement for Burt.