CVB Board: Price is best pick, despite ‘outsider’ status

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.”

4 Responses to CVB Board: Price is best pick, despite ‘outsider’ status

  1. What a load of malarkey! Could have been worse … might have been a retired military officer like those wunderkinds @ the EDC & The Chamber! Impressive results at those organizations with nothing to show but increased unemployment!

    October 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  2. I agree, fresh eyes could be a good thing, but a tourist becoming the CEO of CVB….only worse selection would be Lionel Rivera.

    The Colonel’s club is well and alive. This guy will want an executive staff and a BIG travel budget…..

    good grief Colorado Springs….

    Ken G
    October 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  3. As a person who met and interviewed Doug Price, even though I dodn’t have a vote – only a recommendation, he is the right person for the job. His experience in marketing for Marriott for a number of years and his current position as a member of the national tourism organization will allow him to apply his skills in what will work best to market Colorado Springs. Face it, the CVB is a marketing organization and it should be led by a person with great marketing experience and Doug has that: IN SPADES!

    Bernie Herpin
    October 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

  4. I’ve known Doug Price for 13+ years while I’ve worked in the tourism industry. I’ll tell Colorado Springs you have a great and respected tourism professional filling Terry’s shoes. Doug’s reach into the tourism industry will benefit the Springs more than you can begin to imagine. Good Luck to Doug and Colorado Springs.

    John Giantonio
    December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am