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 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.

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 FY20

Executive Committee

Chair: Karen Bentley (Bentley Consulting Group)
Vice Chair: Dockery Clark (Blue Cap Marketing)
Treasurer: Mike Evans (Retired)
Secretary: Tom Sasser (Harper’s Restaurant Group)
Past Chair: Tracy Montross (American Airlines)

Audit Committee

Chair: 
Tom Sasser
Restaurants
Harper's Restaurant Group
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Kimberly Edmonds
Global Impact Industries
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Carlos Sanchez
AT&T
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Budget Committee

Chair: Michael D. Evans
Johnson C. Smith University (retired)
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Boris Bunich
Limited Service Hotels
Beacon Investment Management Group
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Tracy Montross
American Airlines
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Art Gallagher
LevRidge Resources, LLC
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Nominating Committee

Chair: Tracy Montross
American Airlines
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Bridget-Anne Hampden
JHR & Associates LLC
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Bill DeLoache
Full Service Hotels
Doubletree Hotel Charlotte - Gateway Village
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Art Gallagher
LevRidge Resources, LLC
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Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Dockery Clark
Blue Cap Marketing
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Bill DeLoache
Full Service Hotels
Doubletree Hotel Charlotte - Gateway Village
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Clarke Allen
General Travel
Clarke Allen Events
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Bridget-Anne Hampden
JHR & Associates LLC
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Karen Bentley
Mecklenburg County Towns
Novant Health
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Visitors Advisory Committee

Chair: Clarke Allen
General Travel
Clarke Allen Events
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Bill DeLoache
Full Service Hotels
Doubletree Hotel Charlotte - Gateway Village
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Boris Bunich
Limited Service Hotels
Beacon Investment Management Group
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Tom Sasser
Restaurants
Harper's Restaurant Group
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Tracy Montross
American Airlines
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