The CRVA is guided by a 13-member board of directors who collaborate closely with CEO Tom Murray.
Thomas P. (Tom) Murray serves as the chief executive officer for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), an organization devoted to creating jobs and opportunities in the Charlotte region through the powerful economic impact that visitor spending creates. Nearly 30+ years in the hospitality industry where he managed some of the nation’s largest hotel brands prepared him for this current role.
The CRVA is responsible for promoting hospitality, tourism, events and conventions throughout the Charlotte region. An arm of the City of Charlotte, the CRVA works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Regional Film Commission and Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.’
Before joining the CRVA, Murray served as chief executive officer of Lindblad Expeditions of New York, where he led a financial and marketing turnaround of the 30-year-old ship-based expedition cruise business that operates in alliance with National Geographic.
Prior to Lindblad and among several notable positions, Tom served as Chief Operating Officer for the Americas at Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). During this period, the brand Intercontinental experienced a historic period of growth under his leadership. Murray managed hotels for Intercontinental in 23 countries including a large operation in the U.S. and was responsible for revenues of $2 billion. He also managed development and construction, including the successful development of new prototypes for Holiday Inn and Intercontinental.
Tom is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy. Murray and his wife, Alison, have two daughters.
Board of Directors
Chairman - Russ Sizemore
Vice-Chairman - Tom Henson
Treasurer- Sabrina Brown
Secretary - Bridget-Anne Hampden
Sports Liaison - Larry Huelsman
Past Chair - Vinay Patel
Johnson & Wales University
Sports Enthusiast Financial Guy
Audit & Compliance Committee
JHR & Associates LLC
Strategic Planning Committee
Henson-Tomlin Interests, LLC
Russell F. Sizemore
Moore & Van Allen