Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Chairman Gary C. Sherwin, CDME and president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company, and President and CEO Don Welsh today announced the 10 industry leaders to be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame during DMAI’s Annual Convention in Montreal.
"The Hall of Fame was created at our 100th Annual Convention to recognize those industry leaders who have transformed the destination organization world by their innovative thinking and accomplishments,” said Sherwin. “Understanding how our industry has evolved is an important cultural component to our members and I congratulate the inductees of 2017. Their collective contributions have made our profession stronger and more impactful for the communities we serve. And most importantly, this recognition will help our emerging leaders know more about the people who made us who we are."
The DMAI Hall of Fame award was created in 2014 to honor individuals who have changed the future of destination marketing for the better, made significant contributions to the advancement of the industry and shaped travel marketing. Inductees will be honored on Wednesday, July 12 during the afternoon general session at the Annual Convention in Montreal.
“Congratulations to this very deserving list of individuals who have made a lasting impact on our industry,” said Welsh. “I would like to thank the Hall of Fame nominating committee, led by Bob Lander, for their continued commitment to this important program. We look forward to celebrating these individuals at Annual Convention and beyond.”
2017 DMAI Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Charles Ahlers, Former President, Anaheim/Orange Co. Visitor & Convention Bureau
- Rick Antonson, Former President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver
- Robert Cumings, Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Charles Gillett*, Former President & CEO, New York Convention & Visitors Bureau
- John Marks, Former President & CEO, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Tom Muldoon, Former President, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Dave Radcliffe, Former President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Spurgeon Richardson, Former President & CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Charlotte St. Martin, Former Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing of Loews Hotel
- Chester “Chet” Wilkins*, Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau