The Flashpoint: Meet AC Hires First CEO

By Connect Staff, June 23, 2014

Meet AC, a new nonprofit agency aimed at growing convention business in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has hired James Wood as its first CEO. Woods previously held the same title at the Louisville CVB and Providence Warwick CVB. Meet AC’s funding comes from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Woods begins his post June 30.

The Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area CVB in North Carolina expects the 2014 U.S. Open, which just ended, to have pumped in more than $169 million in economic impact to the area. The United States Golf Association and North Carolina State University conducted on-site surveys in hopes of better calculating the impact. Results will be released soon.

Thanks to a booming convention and tourism sector, the Louisville CVB is remaking its brick and mortar visitor center. Opened seven years ago, the center will undergo a $90,000 makeover.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB is in the final stages of negotiations with an unnamed frontrunner for its executive director position. Search committee Chairman Rich Westfall said the timeline is set for the director to be on the job is mid-to-late July.

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