Terry Sullivan, CEO of Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, the region’s convention and visitors bureau, is retiring.
The bureau will formally announce Sullivan’s retirement plans tomorrow at its annual business meeting. The bureau also will announce its succession plans.
Sullivan joined the convention and visitors bureau as executive director in 1990.
His career includes positions in airline management and resort marketing in the Caribbean and Mexico. In addition, he was an Army aviator during the Vietnam War, and served in the National Guard and Army Reserves.
In 2006 he was elected to serve as president of the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, a position he still holds.
The region’s tourism industry employs about 14,000 people, generating $1.2 billion in annual revenue for the local economy.
“Years ago, when I first met Terry, I was so impressed with his love for the community and his drive to get people here and have them recognize the Springs as more than a distant cousin to Denver,” said Allison Scott, director of communications at The Broadmoor.
“Terry’s helped spearhead a tremendous change in this community. It will take somebody with his kind of energy and vision to keep this community headed in the right direction,” Scott said.
“He’s going to be a hard act to follow.”
Just who might succeed Sullivan was up in the air. The organization’s No. 2 is Jim Cassidy, chief financial officer.
Sullivan said he will retire at the end of the year.