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San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Appoints 2009/2010 Board of Directors

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau installed Rodney Fong as chair for the 2009/10 fiscal year at the Bureau’s 99th Annual Luncheon meeting, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Rodney Fong of the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf is tapped as Chair

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) installed Rodney Fong as chair for the 2009/10 fiscal year at the Bureau’s 99th Annual Luncheon meeting, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

The SFCVB chair presides over the board of directors and the executive committee. Fong will direct and guide policy at all meetings involving members, the executive committee and the board of directors.

“Rodney and his family have been active in the San Francisco visitor industry for three generations,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the Bureau. “He and his family’s long association with the San Francisco visitor industry coupled with his leadership within Fisherman’s Wharf makes me confident that he will be an exceptional chair.”

Fong, who is the president of the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, joined the SFCVB board of directors in 2000 and the executive committee in 2007. He was a founding member of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, is the president of the San Francisco Port Commission and was an active participant in bringing the Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan to fruition.

“I look forward to my expanded role as chair of the SFCVB and to working with the Bureau and its members to continue to promote the long-term development of the destination,” Fong said. “Through the Bureau’s partnership and marketing efforts, we will grow relationships to continue promoting San Francisco as a compelling destination while demonstrating value to our stakeholders.”

The SFCVB also installed Toni Knorr, general manager of the St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco as chair elect. The vice chair is Andy Dolich, chief operating officer of the San Francisco 49ers.

The secretary-treasurer is John Cope, president and managing director of the Huntington Hotel. Three board members were elected as chairs of councils that provide general policy direction and oversight to Bureau staff:

  • David Nadelman, General Manager, Grand Hyatt, San Francisco (Conventions & Meetings Council)
  • Porter Gale, Vice President of Marketing, Virgin America (Consumer Promotions Council)
  • Mariann Costello, Vice President, Scoma’s Restaurant (Community Partnerships Council)

The four officers and three council chairs make up the Bureau’s executive committee, along with the outgoing chair of the Bureau, Pat Gallagher, former president, Giants Development Services. Gallagher will serve as the 2009/10 chair of the SFCVB Foundation.

The Bureau’s board of directors is comprised of 40 members and meets regularly throughout the year to review and set policy for the Bureau and its ongoing marketing efforts. Annually the board approves and oversees a budget and program of work to be executed by staff.

Incoming members of the board include:

  • Nathan Nayman, Global Government Relations, Visa Inc.
  • Don Skeoch, Chief Revenue Officer, California Academy of Sciences
  • Ingrid Summerfield, Chief Operating Officer, Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • Rob Torres, Managing Director, Advertising & Marketing, Google

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