CHATTANOOGA, TN — The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Barry E. White as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, attracting a successful tourism and hospitality professional to the Scenic City.
“We look forward to welcoming Barry to Chattanooga,” says Chattanooga CVB board chair Keith Sanford. “The search committee was impressed by his proven track record of success in Augusta. Under his leadership, there has been a renewed focus on tourism growth and collaborating with elected officials and other partners at the local and state level to expand their convention center and bring new hotels to that city. We think he’ll be a great leader here.”
“I’ve had the privilege of assisting with the production of the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships in Chattanooga a few years ago,” White says. “Chattanooga is a wonderful community that understands the importance of a robust tourism industry. I look forward to forging many new partnerships to ensure the city remains one of the nation’s top destinations.”
White succeeds Bob Doak, who is retiring after more than 35 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, 15 of them as the President and CEO of the Chattanooga CVB. The date of White’s first day on the job has not yet been determined, but Doak will remain at the CVB through February 2018 to assist in the leadership transition.
See the recent feature on Chattanooga in the 2018 Winter/Spring F&D Digital issue.