Is an outsider really the best person to lead the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau?
In this case, yes, say CVB board members who announced yesterday that Doug Price, a senior V.P. with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C. will replace longtime CEO Terry Sullivan.
“We didn’t choose an outsider, ” said chairwoman Susan Edmondson. ”We chose who we thought was best for the job and had all the abilities at a high level. That person could have been near to us or far.”
She said the search team sought candidates locally, regionally and nationally, and that toward the end of the process, about half the candidates were local or regional.
In his current job, Price sees the best practices across the nation, Edmondson said, and how to train and motivate staff, how to find new revenue sources, and how to “make the case” about the economic impact of tourism.
And, she doesn’t consider him to be a complete outsider.
“He’s been here on business many times,” she said. “And he and his wife (Kathy) have come here for vacations many times. He has friends in the community. So the community is not new to him in that sense.”