Monday, August 31, 2020 -- Napa, CA -- The board of directors of the Visit Napa Valley non-profit destination management organization has elected Michael Lennon, general manager of Calistoga Spa Hot Springs as its chair for FY 2021. Additional officers are Michael Collins, general manager of Archer Hotel Napa as chair-elect, David Ryan, general manager of Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort as vice-chair, and Greg Brun, partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train as secretary/ treasurer. Erik Burrow, general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley - American Canyon, serves as past-chair.
“The tourism industry has a challenging year ahead,” said Lennon. “As we continue to navigate Coronavirus health and safety measures, and other annual challenges, the economic recovery of Napa County’s tourism industry to benefit small business owners, our towns and the residents of our community is of utmost importance. I am honored to have been elected chair, and look forward to partnering with business and community leaders to ensure Napa Valley maintains its place as the world’s premier wine country experience.”
Additional members of the FY 2021 Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors include two newly joining members, Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor, Boisset Collection; and Sean Knight, managing partner, Mustards Grill. Those continuing to serve their terms are Gary Buffo, president & CEO, Pure Luxury Transportation; Tom Davies, managing partner, V. Sattui Winery; Nathan Davis, general manager, Harvest Inn; Whitney Diver McEvoy, president & CEO, Yountville Chamber of Commerce; John Evans, general manager, Silverado Resort & Spa; Linsey Gallagher, president & CEO, Visit Napa Valley; Philip Hansell, director, direct to consumer, Hess Collection; Alain Negueloua, general manager, Bardessono Hotel & Spa; Linda Reiff, president & CEO, Napa Valley Vintners; Don Shindle, general manager, Westin Verasa Napa; and Reynaldo Zertuche, general manager, Embassy Suites Napa.
Additionally, the Napa Valley Tourism Corporation Board of Directors has been named for Fiscal Year 2021 to include Chair Don Shindle, general manager, Westin Verasa Napa; Marcelle Adderley, general manager, Southbridge Napa Valley; Felipe Barragan, proprietor, Chateau de Vie; Sara Brooks, general manager, Napa River Inn; Amy Carabba-Salazar, CEO, St. Helena Chamber of Commerce; Diane Dillon, chair, Napa County Board of Supervisors; Linsey Gallagher, president & CEO, Visit Napa Valley; George Goeggel, managing partner, Auberge du Soleil; Kenta Kamohara, general manager, Holiday Inn Express; Mike Kirn, city manager, City of Calistoga; Sileshi Mengiste, general manager, The Estate Yountville; David Oro, vice mayor & council member, City of American Canyon; Steve Rogers, city manager, Town of Yountville; and Jill Techel, mayor, City of Napa.
Visit Napa Valley celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020 as the official destination management organization for Napa County, with a continued mission to promote, protect, and enhance the region’s position as an attractive travel destination while also enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to visit, live and work. The Napa Valley historically welcomes 3.85 million visitors, who spend $2.23 billion and provide $85.1 million in tax relief to residents. The tourism industry was the second largest employer in Napa County (after the wine industry), supporting the livelihood of nearly 16,000 people in the community, with a combined payroll of $492 million (per 2018 Visitor Profile Study).
About Visit Napa Valley
Visit Napa Valley is the official destination management organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect and enhance the region’s position as the world’s premier wine country experience and to enhance its public image as a dynamic place to visit, live and work. Napa Valley’s rural 35-mile scenic landscape, conveniently located just an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area, consists of distinctive towns and regions, including, from north to south, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford/Oakville, Yountville, Napa, American Canyon, and the outdoor recreation area of Lake Berryessa.