Leadership

The CRVA is guided by a 13-member board of directors who collaborate closely with CEO Tom Murray.

Thomas P. (Tom) Murray serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority which works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of Charlotte’s visitors and residents.

Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, Murray oversees efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community.

Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Spectrum Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Regional Film Commission and Visit Charlotte.

With more than 30 years of experience, Murray has long served as a leader in the hospitality industry for some of the nation’s largest hotels and travel organizations, including Lindblad Expeditions of New York and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Murray is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy. He and his wife Alison are the proud parents of two daughters.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS FY21

Executive Committee

Chair: Mike Evans (Retired)
Vice Chair: Dockery Clark (Blue Cap Marketing)
Treasurer: Boris Bunich (Beacon Investment Management Group)
Secretary: Tom Sasser (Harper’s Restaurant Group)
Past Chair: Karen Bently (Novant Health)

Audit Committee

Chair: Tom Sasser
Restaurants
Harper's Restaurant Group
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Kimberly Edmonds
Global Impact Industries
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Ervin Gourdine
Discovery Place
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Emma Allen
State Farm
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Budget Committee

Chair: Boris Bunich
Limited Service Hotels
Beacon Investment Management Group
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Thomas Dolan
Full Service Hotels
JW Marriott
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Bridget-Anne Hampden
JHR & Associates LLC
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Clarke Allen
General Travel
Clarke Allen Events
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Nominating Committee

Chair: Karen Bentley
Mecklenburg County Towns
Novant Health
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Bridget-Anne Hampden
JHR & Associates LLC
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Michael D. Evans
Johnson C. Smith University (retired)
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Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Dockery Clark
Blue Cap Marketing
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Vinay Patel
SREE Hotels
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Jon Dressler
Rare Roots Hospitality
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Karen Bentley
Mecklenburg County Towns
Novant Health
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Visitors Advisory Committee

Chair: Vinay Patel
SREE Hotels
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Thomas Dolan
Full Service Hotels
JW Marriott
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Boris Bunich
Limited Service Hotels
Beacon Investment Management Group
[email protected]

Tom Sasser
Restaurants
Harper's Restaurant Group
[email protected]

Clarke Allen
General Travel
Clarke Allen Events
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