12.20.11 – Executive Director Update

It is with mixed feelings that I announce the departure of Tammy Blount as President of the WTA. She will be leaving her position of President + CEO at the Tacoma Regional CVB to take a position with the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. While this is an exciting opportunity for Tammy, we will miss her leadership and devotion to our organization.

A consummate professional, Tammy has always had the best interests of the tourism industry foremost in her role. Tammy was one of the catalysts for the creation of the WTA and without her devotion, her countless volunteer hours, we would not be in the strong position we are today.

As testament to her standing in the industry, Tammy was unanimously elected by the WTA Board at their first meeting to serve as the first President of the organization. Monterey has obviously noted her exceptional qualities, and I am sure they will be well-served with her as their new leader.

Following Tammy’s resignation, Kevin Clark, CEO & President of Argosy Cruises and WTA Vice President, will serve as WTA President until the WTA Board names a replacement. This discussion/action item will be on the January 12 WTA Board meeting agenda.

With this announcement comes an open position on the WTA Board for the Destination Marketing Organization representative. We are in the process of accepting nominations for an open at-large position, so we are including this new opening in that process.

If you are interested in either of the two open board positions, please apply by close of business Friday, December 30.

Board applications can be accessed by clicking here or contact Kathryn Hedrick for the application. Application, resume and a letter of intent should be sent electronically to: kathryn@watourismalliance.com with the Subject: Board Nomination. Once the nomination is received the sender will receive an email confirmation notice.

The WTA Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to the full Board on January 12, 2012.

Application Requirements

Each applicant must represent a business or organization that is a member in good standing with WTA, or be an individual member of WTA.

Each applicant must complete the application form and include:

  • A letter of intent and/or statements outlining the reasons for the nomination and outlining what he or she can contribute to the organization
  • A current resume


Suzanne Fletcher
Executive Director, WTA