A new prez for the Raleigh Convention Bureau

I was going to piggy-back this with the last post but decided to separate the two. This is just a little snippet of information that I think is important. Since Raleigh is becoming a convention kind of city, with its new convention center opening up next summer, it has now hired a new chief to lead the way. The N&O reports the following:

With Raleigh’s new convention center on track to open in the summer of 2008, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau has named a new president and chief executive officer.

The new leader, Denny Edwards, was senior vice president for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau for the last 10 years and has 25 years experience in the business. He succeeds Dave Heinl, who started Raleigh’s convention and visitors bureau in 1987. Heinl announced his retirement in August.

Russ Smith, chairman of the Raleigh bureau’s board of directors, said Edwards was named after a national search that included community and business leaders.


Edwards’ first day will be May 7. He’ll earn an annual salary of $175,000.

With 25 years of experience, I think it’s a great hire and should really put that convention center to good use, as well as helping raise Raleigh’s national prestige. I am from south Florida and continue to visit a few times a year, so I am familiar with the type of market in that area. I am confident that that much experience in a strong, world-class metropolitan area can only be beneficial to Raleigh’s economy.

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