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Visit Tucson Board of Directors

Mission Statement

Visit Tucson's mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meeting experiences in Tucson. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley, and more than 400 individual and business partners. See how Tourism Powers Southern Arizona.



Board Of Directors

Executive Committee

John Denker, Chair – Vice President of Marketing, University of Arizona

Andrew Stegen, Vice-Chair – Complex Director, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Otton Suarez, Secretary – General Manager, El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort

Glenn Grabski, Treasurer – General Manager, Tucson Convention Center

Dan Cavanagh, Member-At-Large – Consultant, Lloyd Construction

Laura Shaw, Member-At-Large – Senior Vice President, Sun Corridor Inc.

Nancy Kluge, Immediate Past Chair – President, Reid Park Zoological Society



Board Members

General Business

Carol Blomstrand, CEO – Trumpet Social Media

Steve Earnhart, Market President – iHeartMedia

Evan Feldhausen, Tax Shareholder – BeachFleischman

Bob Hoffman, President – Tucson Roadrunners

Dr. Amanda Kraus, Executive Director – University of Arizona Disability Resources


Hospitality/Visitor Services

Nate Ares, Partner – Ares Collective Restaurants

Moniqua Lane, Owner/Developer/Property Manager – The Downtown Clifton Hotel and The Citizen Hotel

Hillary Louarti, Owner – Diamond Transporation

Chris Squires, Managing Partner – Ten 55 Brewing Company

Laura True, Owner – White Stallion Ranch

Bryan Tubaugh, Executive Vice President – Focus Hospitality


Members at Large

David Hatfield, Senior Director of Air Service Development and Marketing – Tucson Airport Authority

Amber Smith, President & CEO – Tucson Metro Chamber



Elaine Becherer, Mayor's Appointee to Visit Tucson's Board  City of Tucson

Sharon Bronson, Chair – Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 3

Joe Winfield, Mayor – Oro Valley Town Council



Next Board Meeting Date & Agenda

MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA - Revised August 11, 2021

Visit Tucson Board of Directors Meeting

7:30 a.m., Thursday, August 19, 2021

Tucson Convention Center, Mohave Room, 260 S. Church Avenue (map)

  1. Call to order—John Denker
  2. Welcome and introductions new board members Nate Ares, Dr. Amanda Kraus and Moniqua Lane—John Denker (5 minutes)
  3. Full board introductions—John Denker (5 minutes)
  4. Review and approval of consent agenda—John Denker (5 minutes)
    1. Minutes of June 24, 2021, board meeting
    2. Executive Vice President’s report
    3. President’s report
  5. Review and provide feedback regarding July 2021 financial statement, 2020-21 financial performance and update on Visit Tucson’s 2020-21 financial audit—Roni Thomas (10 minutes)
  6. Update on Visit Tucson’s Sept. 22 Travel Summit—Brent DeRaad (5 minutes)
  7. Discussion and feedback regarding U.S.-Mexico border reopening and Visit Tucson’s Mexico marketing plans—Felipe Garcia (10 minutes)
  8. Discussion and possible action regarding Visit Tucson’s potential sponsorship of the 2021 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl—Brent DeRaad (10 minutes)
  9. Visit Tucson 2021-22 priorities overview—Brent DeRaad (10 minutes)
  10. Breakout group discussions rating Visit Tucson’s priorities and report outs (30 minutes)
  11. New business—John Denker
  12. Adjourn—John Denker 

Future Board Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022



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