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Kelly Brough is the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 3,000 businesses in Colorado. She’s worked to advance Coloradans through multiple capacities in the private sector, higher education, social services and government including as the director of an internationally recognized leadership program, chief of staff to then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver. At the Chamber, Kelly funnels her passion for putting more Coloradans to work through advocating for sound public policy and economic development efforts. In 2019, she led the Chamber to establish Prosper CO, a cross-sector effort guided by the business community to create the best economy in the nation where everybody can prosper, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. Prosper CO is fully embedded in the Chamber’s work today and leads the business community’s efforts to identify disparities and remove barriers creating economic opportunity for all Coloradans. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Denver Scholarship Foundation and Visit Denver; the board of trustees for Colorado Mesa University; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors ; and the Corporate Board of Delta Dental.
Chuck Davison serves as President & CEO of Visit SLO CAL, a role he eagerly accepted in April of 2015. Chuck led the research, groundwork, approval and implementation process for San Luis Obispo County’s first countywide Tourism Marketing District, which was established in 2015, originally increasing the district budget by 400%.
Chuck’s passion, drive and results-oriented approach has elevated the destination to new heights as a place to live, work, and visit. Under Chuck’s leadership, the organization has developed and launched the new SLO CAL® brand, expanded into international markets, and grown air service lift by opening five new markets delivering new flights for the first time in 10-years. Chuck led the effort and brought the seven municipalities and county together to develop SLO CAL’s first countywide destination management strategy, and renewed the district through 2030 with a 50% increase in funding, positioning the organization and destination for success in the years to come.
Chuck brings 29 years of career experience in travel, tourism, hospitality, lodging, management and leadership expertise to San Luis Obispo County. He began his career working in the lodging and gaming industry in Las Vegas, ultimately managing a national marketing, entertainment and sales team as Vice President. Chuck went on to become Executive Director of an international non-profit organization before accepting a position as Vice President and General Manager at Expedia, Inc. where he led a national team on the opening of the new Local Expert division across North America. He moved to San Luis Obispo County in 2012.
Chuck currently sits on the Board of Directors for Destinations International along with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for CalTravel, California’s tourism advocacy organization. Chuck also serves on the board of REACH Central Coast, Cal Poly President’s Council of Advisors Local Economic Development Committee and the Experience Industry Management Advisory Council. Chuck was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is married to his best friend and the love of his life, Kristin, of 21 years. They have four beautiful daughters, Kylie, Savannah, Samantha and Carissa. For more information on Chuck Davison please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Clare’s interest in the complex area of place branding was sparked whilst working on a series of Nation Branding Masterclass events, led by Simon Anholt, one of the first thought-leaders to speak about and promote the concept of place branding. Having listened to Simon address audiences in Accra, Delhi, Dubai, London and Singapore on how policy, governance, and symbolic actions need to combine with branding and marketing to create a competitive identity and drive economic growth, she continued to follow the growth in this sector. As Global Conference Director for The International Herald Tribune, now the New York Times, Clare also saw growth in advertising and storytelling around tourism and investment promotion strategy. Clare launched the first City Nation Place Global conference in London in 2015: CityNationPlace.com has been steadily building followers and in 2017, she launched the first City Nation Place Americas conference, in 2018 City Nation Place Asia Pacific took place in Singapore, and 2019 has seen the first City Nation Place UK, specifically for towns, cities and regions across the UK, and the launch of the first City Nation Place LatAm & Caribbean event. Clare manages the small team at City Nation Place alongside providing event consultancy and management for a number of clients in the publishing and trade association sector, including running the World Media Awards for the World Media Group and event consultancy for the UK Association for Online Publishers.
A futurist, strategist and frequent keynote speaker, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy and branding projects for destinations and cities around the world. Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future, is an adjunct instructor in placemaking for New York University and is a member of the Project for Public Space’s Leadership Council, the Urban Land Institute and Destination Marketing Association International. In 2013, Chris was recognized as the place branding “Thought Leader of the Year” at the World Sense of Place Summit for his development of place branding methodologies.
Dave serves as the President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities. Visit Quad Cities is the region’s official destination marketing and management organization (DMMO) charged with driving economic development opportunities through tourism. Herrell leads the vision, strategy, and day-to-day operations of the non-profit, communitybased organization. The Visit Quad Cities team is responsible for business growth & service, brand acceleration & engagement, destination partnership & regional initiatives, and the overall visitor experience in the QC.
A proven executive with more than twenty years of experience, Herrell has a background in destination and brand marketing, administration, operations, strategic planning, business development, fundraising, communications, and non-profit management.
Mr. Hunden and his Chicago-based firm offer extensive experience in the economics of placemaking, primarily via transformative real estate projects. He has provided economic development, market and financial feasibility, impact, developer selection and planning expertise for more than 600 projects and studies over the past 20+ years, totaling more than $4 billion in developed real estate. The firm completes approximately 60 assignments per year with its 12-person professional staff. Hunden’s background in economic, real estate and tourism development combine to make him a unique resource for communities looking to develop their destinations and projects in a viable, transformative and sustainable way.
Al Hutchinson joined Visit Baltimore as president and CEO in November 2016. As the chief executive of the city’s official destination sales and marketing organization, he is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Baltimore to leisure travelers and convention business, while demonstrating the impact of tourism on the city and state.
Hutchinson boasts more than 27 years of experience in the destination marketing industry and has earned recognition for his leadership throughout his career. Most recently, he was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s 2019 Most Admired CEOs in Maryland.
Hutchinson is a Richmond, Virginia native and proud University of Alabama alumni. Alongside his wife Unae, he is the proud father of Asia and Jalen Hutchinson. Outside of work, Hutchinson enjoys listening to jazz music and rooting for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Kian Kamas serves as Chief of Economic Development for Mayor G.T. Bynum and the City of Tulsa. In this role, she is responsible for directly managing a team that focuses on managing and developing tools and programs crucial to successful economic development, and supporting existing industry, new businesses, and developers seeking to invest in Tulsa. In addition to this, she is responsible for oversight of the Development Services Department and the Executive Directors of the Tulsa Parking Authority and Downtown Coordinating Council. Kamas is currently leading efforts to transform the City’s economic development efforts through a merger of five separate public entities, placing Tulsa at the forefront of innovation in organizational strategy for economic development. Prior to joining the Mayor’s team in August 2017, Kamas served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where she led new business attraction efforts for the region. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and completed the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute program. She spends her free time chasing her toddler son Leith around, hunting vintage furniture with her husband, and eating at her favorite Tulsa hole-in-the-wall restaurants (or at least she did in a pre-COVID world). She currently serves as a board member for Tulsa Honor Academy and previously served as a board member and Chair of the Tulsa Health Department.
YvesLalumière was appointed inAugust 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.Active in the tourism industry since 1986, Mr. Lalumière holds a Bachelor’sdegree in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism from theUniversité du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Mr. Lalumière previously served formore than 20 years in management positions within American Express,particularly in the areas of business travel, air agreement negotiations andaffairs with the Government of Canada. He joined Transat Distribution Canada(TDC) in 2006 as Vice President, Operations and Business Development, and wasappointed Vice President, Distribution Network, in 2008. In November 2009, hewas named Vice President and General Manager of Transat Distribution Canada andin 2011, assumed the role of President of Canada’s leading retail touroperator.
Brian P. McGowan is the Chief Executive Officer of Greater Seattle Partners - a public/private partnership created to advance economic growth and competitiveness for the Puget Sound region. There, he and his team focus on attracting new investment, promoting international trade and growing existing industry clusters in the Greater Seattle region. He is currently a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before GSP, Brian was the CEO of the Atlanta Beltline Inc., worked as a Principal with the global law firm Dentons, and served as the COO/Executive Vice President at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He was also appointed to lead Atlanta's Development Authority - Invest Atlanta where he fiscally stabilized and rebranded the organization to be a catalyst for economic growth. In 2009 Brian was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce. In this capacity, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Brian became detailed to the White House as an Economic Advisor to lead the Economic Solutions Group within the National Incident Command in response to the BP oil spill. Brian also served as California's Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Commerce by the appointment of Governor Schwarzenegger. Earlier in his career, Brian was appointed as the Economic Development Agency Administrator for the County of San Bernardino and was a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development where he developed economic growth programs for cities in Bulgaria and Serbia.
Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities.
Steven is the director of the LBJ Urban Lab Initiative and professor of practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a vice president for strategy at Resonance Consultancy. Steven was a clinical professor at the NYU Schack Institute Real Estate.
Steven’s city clients include New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Austin, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, Sao Paulo, Monterrey, Mexico City, and many others. His corporate clients include BMW, Converse, Starwood Hotels, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, EDENS, Kraft, among others.
Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.