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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.



2020-21 Board Of Directors

Executive Committee

Nancy Kluge, Chair – President, Reid Park Zoological Society

John Denker, Vice-Chair – Associate Vice President of Marketing & Brand Management, University of Arizona

Amber Harkin, Secretary – Regional Director-Operations, Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group

Glenn Grabski, Treasurer – General Manager, Tucson Convention Center

TJ Morgan, Member-At-Large – President & CEO, Gray Line Tours Tucson

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

Andrew Stegen, Member-At-Large - General Manager, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa



Board Members

General Business

Carol Blomstrand, CEO – Trumpet Social Media

Dan Cavanagh, Consultant – Lloyd Construction

Steve Earnhart, Market President, iHeartMedia

Evan Feldhausen, Tax Shareholder – BeachFleischman

Bob Hoffman, President – Tucson Roadrunners

Hospitality/Visitor Services

Hillary Louarti, Owner, Diamond Transporation

Chris Squires, Managing Partner – Ten 55 Brewing & Sausage House

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

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 Chief of Staff - City of Tucson

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

Joe Winfield, Mayor – Oro Valley Town Council



Next Board Meeting Date & Agenda


Visit Tucson Board Meeting 7:30 a.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020

Via Zoom Conferencing

  1. Call to order—Nancy Kluge
  2. Welcome new board members Steve Earnhart, Hillary Louarti and Otton Suarez—Nancy Kluge (5 minutes)
  3. Review and approval of consent agenda—Nancy Kluge (5 minutes)
    1. Minutes of June 18, 2020 board meeting
    2. Executive Vice President’s report
    3. President’s report
  4. Update on Visit Tucson’s 2019-20 financial performance and audit—Roni Thomas (5 minutes)
  5. Review and approval of July 2020 financial statement—Roni Thomas (5 minutes)
  6. Recap and discussion of Visit Tucson’s 2017-20 strategic plan—Vanessa Bechtol (10-15 minutes)
  7. Overview and discussion of Visit Tucson’s 2020-21 tourism recovery plan—Felipe Garcia (10-15 minutes)
  8. Discussion about COVID-19 impacts and Visit Tucson’s priorities—Brent DeRaad (15-20 minutes)
  9. New business—Nancy Kluge
  10. Adjourn—Nancy Kluge

Future Board Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • *Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021

Board meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. on the dates listed above.

*This will be Visit Tucson's annual board of directors retreat. It will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at a location to be determined.


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