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.

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 CenterTime Warner Cable ArenaBojangles’ ColiseumOvens AuditoriumNASCAR Hall of FameCharlotte 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

Executive Committee

Chairman: Tom Henson (Henson-Tomlin Interests, LLC)
Vice Chairman: Bridget-Anne Hampden (U.S. Department of Education)
Treasurer: Paul Jamison (Jamison Realty)
Secretary: Venessa Harrison (AT&T)
Amateur Sports Liaison (Ex-Officio): Larry Huelsman
Past Chair: Russ Sizemore (Moore & Van Allen)

Audit & Compliance Committee

Venessa Harrison (Chair)
AT&T
venessa.harrison@crva.com 

Bill DeLoache
Double Tree by Hilton
bill.deloache@crva.com

Tracy Montross
American Airlines
tracy.montross@crva.com

Budget Committee

Paul Jamison (Chair)
Jamison Realty
paul.jamison@crva.com

Larry Huelsman
Sports Enthusiast Financial Guy
larry.huelsman@crva.com

Vinay Patel
SREE Hotels
vinay.patel@crva.com

Ex-Officio Amateur Sports

Larry Huelsman
Sports Enthusiast Financial Guy
larry.huelsman@crva.com

Nominating Committee

Russell F. Sizemore
Moore & Van Allen
russ.sizemore@crva.com 

Strategic Planning Committee

Bridget-Anne Hampden (Chair)
 JHR & Associates LLC
bridget-anne.hampden@crva.com 

Sabrina Brown
Sabrina Brown Realty and Advisory Services
sabrina.brown@crva.com  

Art Gallagher
Johnson & Wales University
art.gallagher@crva.com

Tom Henson 
Henson-Tomlin Interests, LLC 
tom.henson@crva.com 

Russell F. Sizemore
Moore & Van Allen
russ.sizemore@crva.com 

Visitors Advisory Committee

Bill Deloache (Chair)
Full Service Hotels
Double Tree by Hilton
bill.deloache@crva.com

Art Gallagher
Restaurants
Johnson & Wales University
art.gallagher@crva.com

Tom Henson
Limited Service Hotels
Henson-Tomlin Interests, LLC 
tom.henson@crva.com 

Vinay Patel
General Travel
SREE Hotels
vinay.patel@crva.com