The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (Bureau) is pleased to announce that Jim Browder has been named president. Browder was the unanimous choice of the Commission according to Bob Hewett, chairman of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Tourist and Convention Commission (Commission).
As president Browder will be responsible for the overall management of the Bureau, including oversight of all administrative, financial and operating functions; sales functions; marketing functions; and government relations in order to promote Lexington and the Bluegrass Region to local, state, national and international audiences.
"On behalf of the Commission, it is a great privilege to welcome Jim Browder to the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau," noted Hewett. "Jim brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience to the position, and the Commission believes he will provide tremendous leadership to the Bureau in the coming years. Through his roles at various hotels and hotel ownership groups, Jim has a proven record of success in sales, marketing and management, and the Commission looks forward to working with him."
Browder brings a breadth of experience to the Bureau as an accomplished sales and marketing executive in the industry. He has been a leader of successful sales and marketing teams charged with driving revenue growth for a number of hotels and hotel ownership groups. He has worked with all hospitality market segments including large and small conventions, tour and travel groups, wholesale, corporate and leisure. Browder also has a keen ability to manage revenue growth, as well as to train, develop and support staff.
"I am truly honored and excited to have been selected to lead the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau's efforts and play an important role in bringing new convention and tourism opportunities to the Bluegrass Region. I look forward to working with an exceptional Bureau team to grow our visitor base and enhance economic growth in the market," said Browder.
Browder is a 1981 graduate of Radford University. He and his wife, Becky, will be relocating to Lexington this summer from Greenville, South Carolina.