Landon Howard of the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau has been hired by the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) as its executive director. He starts February 1, 2010.
Howard replaces retiring Executive Director Dave Kjolhede.
In making the announcement, RVCVB Board President Susan Short, thanked Kjolhede and said, “Landon Howard possesses and has clearly demonstrated the talent and experiences we sought in our future leader for the Bureau. He is a collaborator and a dynamic, creative leader and we look forward to working alongside of him as we continue to grow our convention and tourism industry in the Roanoke region.”
Since 2001, Howard has served as the VP Marketing and Communications for the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau and former Director of Marketing and Communications for the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
He holds a bachelors degree in public administration and a master’s degree in business administration from the University Tennessee. “My family and I are excited about our relocation to Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and I look forward to the privilege of working with the community to promote the areas as a vibrant and growing visitor destination.”
Prior to Howard’s arrival, Catherine Fox, RVCVB Tourism Director, will serve as interim Executive Director.