Advocates for the Charlotte Region

Our Leadership

Each member of the CRVA's Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors brings considerable expertise to their role in helping shape and fulfill the organization's commitment to the community.

Meet our Chief Executive Officer

Tom Murray, CEO

Tom Murray is a passionate advocate for the hospitality industry and its role as an important economic development driver for communities. Under his leadership, the CRVA has set ambitious and competitive goals through strategic planning, strengthened its financial capacity, elevated the profile of the Charlotte region as a leisure and meetings destination, established strong partnerships across the region and consistently grown the positive impact that the visitor economy has on the community's quality of life.

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).

As Chief Operating Officer of the Americas for IHG, Murray directed the operations of all owned and managed hotels in the U.S. and Canada, a portfolio that included 204 hotels, seven brands, and approximately $2 billion in hotel revenues. His responsibilities also included overseeing franchising, company-owned and managed development, hotel operations and third-party owner relationships in the Latin America and Mexico regions encompassing 165 hotels. Murray led IHG Americas’ Design and Construction organization as well, delivering on his extensive experience in construction, project management and technical services agreements.

Prior to IHG, Murray served as the Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President for Red Lion Hotels & Inns, Hilton Hotel division, where he led all areas of the company’s performance, including franchise and management relationships, property operations, sales and marketing, brand management, asset management and accounting. Murray held various senior level positions within Promus Hotels Corporation for 10 years and worked as a controller for Marriott Hotels Corporation prior to that.

Murray is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy.

Executive Leadership

CRVA's leadership team works together as a collaborative group to make sound business decisions through the lens of an employee-first culture, modeling core values and executing best practices supported by evidence-based research. Above all, they harness the power of highly-engaged, diverse team members working across multiple brands and venues to deliver exceptional customer service and elevate the prosperity of the Charlotte region.

Anthony Shelborne

Anthony Shelborne

Chief Financial Officer & VP of Business Development

Cameron Furr

Cameron Furr

General Counsel

Gina Sheridan

Gina Sheridan

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Mike Butts

Mike Butts

Executive Director, Visit Charlotte & VP of Sales

Steve Bagwell

Steve Bagwell

Vice President, Venues

Winston Kelley

Winston Kelley

Executive Director, NASCAR Hall of Fame

Zaira Goodman

Zaira Goodman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Board of Directors

The CRVA is guided by a 13-member board of directors who collaborate closely with CEO Tom Murray on providing leadership for the organization and advocating for the region's hospitality and tourism industry. The board is made up of nine members appointed by Charlotte City Council and four members appointed by the Mayor. Each member serves a term length of three years and is limited to two terms.

Boris Bunich

Boris Bunich

Partner

Beacon Investment Management Group

Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee (Chair), Visitors Advisory Committee

Clarke Allen

Clarke Allen

Owner & Developer

Clarke Allen Properties

Budget Committee, Visitors Advisory Committee

Dockery Clark

Dockery Clark

Partner

Blue Cap Marketing

Audit Committee

Emma Allen

Emma Allen

Insurance Agent

State Farm Insurance

Executive Committee, Audit Committee

Ervin Gourdine

Ervin Gourdine

Chief Talent Officer

Discovery Place

Strategic Planning Committee

Jon Dressler

Jon Dressler

Co-Founder

Rare Roots Hospitality

Budget Committee

Karen Bentley

Karen Bentley

Founder & President

Bentley Consulting Group, LLC

Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Nominating Committee (Chair)

Kimberly Edmonds Nelson

Kimberly Edmonds Nelson

President

Global Impact Industries, LLC

Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee (Chair)

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Educator, Consultant & Financial Advisor

Board Chair, Executive Committee (Chair), Nominating Committee

Tom Dolan

Tom Dolan

Director of Sales & Marketing

JW Marriott Charlotte

Strategic Planning Committee, Visitors Advisory Committee (Chair)

Tom Sasser

Tom Sasser

President

Burke Hospitality Group

Nominating Committee, Visitors Advisory Committee

Vinay Patel

Vinay Patel

President & CEO

SREE Hotels, LLC

Executive Committee, Budget Committee (Chair), Visitors Advisory Committee