Al Hutchinson, vice president of convention sales & marketing at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, has resigned from his position to become president and CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau effective July 1. Hutchinson replaces the CVB's current president and CEO, David Randel.
"This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the Mobile Bay CVB board, mayor, county commissioners, and other city leadership in positioning Mobile as a leader for meetings/conventions, sporting events, and leisure travelers on the Gulf Coast," says Hutchinson.
For over eleven years, he led a team of convention sales and service professionals and worked closely with community leaders, industry decision makers, elected officials and hotel, attraction, and restaurant partners in Virginia Beach. Prior to his time in Virginia Beach, Hutchinson also served in various leadership positions with the Greater Pittsburgh CVB, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC, and the Richmond Metropolitan CVB.
"Al's reputation, experience, and success record in the hospitality industry is just what the MBCVB needs to propel us into the future," says Chairperson Karen Outlaw Atchison, on behalf of the Mobile Bay CVB board of directors. "This is a critical time for the tourism industry in Mobile and we are confident that Al will be a successful advocate for tourism development. His role will be to identify opportunities and tackle challenges we face as we all work toward positioning Mobile as a top tier southern destination for both leisure and convention audiences."
Hutchinson's first responsibilities will be to assess the current organizational vision and strategies of the Mobile Bay CVB. He will also meet with key hospitality and community leaders and become familiar with recent sales and marketing programs, current projects underway, and future plans of action.
Long recognized as a leader in the hospitality industry by organizations such as the American Society of Association Executives and Professional Convention Management Association, Hutchinson has also served on the board of directors for groups such as Destination Marketing Association International, Meeting Planners International-Multicultural Initiative, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Religious Conference Management Association.
He is a graduate of the University Of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He is married with two children.