CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau's Executive Committee unanimously voted on a new chairman of the board this week.
Keith Sanford is the President and CEO of the Tennessee Aquarium and is now the new chairman of the board for the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"I am honored to serve our community in this new role," said Keith Sanford, President and CEO of the Tennessee Aquarium.
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue their search for a new President and CEO. Keith Sanford says, "We have a talented board that focuses on the success of tourism in Hamilton County. The next few months are critical as we search for a new President and CEO. We are committed to finding the right person who will continue the momentum that Bob Doak has generated during his tenure."
This new appointment of chairman of the board was necessary due to the resignation of Tom Cupo of The Chattanoogan Hotel. The Chattanoogan Hotel property has been managed by Benchmark Resorts and Hotels, and was recently sold.
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau has been very thankful for the time that Tom Cupo has been on the board.
"We have been extremely fortunate to have Tom on our board. He's been an incredible asset to not only the CVB, but also to the hospitality industry and our community. We will miss him, but we are also excited about what his future holds," stated Bob Doak, President and CEO of the CVB. "We are also thrilled to welcome Keith Sanford in this new leadership role and look forward to working with him as we continue to promote one of nation's top tourism destinations."
Other positions opened on the Chattanooga CVB executive committee due to the shift of a new chairman.
The owner of High Point Climbing & Fitness, Johnny O'Brien, has been added to the Chattanooga CVB executive committee. Lisa Maragnano, CARTA's executive director, has been named treasurer for the Chattanooga CVB.
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau added Allen Corey of the STIR restaurant to help with the search committee to find a new CVB President & CEO. The decision to add Allen Corey was made so that the would have a restaurant representation.
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau announced earlier this week that Bob Doak will be retiring in early 2018.