On May 6, Darren Pudgil joined the San Diego Tourism Authority’s (SDTA) team as the new Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Darren will oversee local media relations, community outreach and government affairs on a regional, statewide and national level. He previously served as Director of Communications and Press Secretary for former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and held a similar position for Congressman Brian Bilbray and was Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Ron Roberts. His extensive background and professional experience will be instrumental in building San Diego’s tourism profile within the community and supporting efforts to grow our visitor industry.
Eric Lund, who has served as the Vice President of Membership, Community Relations, Visitor & Member Services for the last three years, accepted a leadership position at the East County Chamber of Commerce. Eric will lead the 600-member chamber that represents San Diego’s East County region, and his last day at the SDTA is May 15, 2013. Eric has made significant contributions to the SDTA, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at the East County Chamber.
In addition, Barb Greenhalgh was named Vice President of Sales for the western region. Barb previously served as Regional Director of Sales for six years and has been with the SDTA for nine years. Passionate about her work, she is a strong goal-oriented leader and assumed her new responsibilities last month.
Also effective in April, Benjamin Eastman was promoted from Travel Trade Development Manager to Director of Travel Trade Development. He has been with the SDTA for 5 years and has proven leadership capabilities, dedication and market knowledge.
Finally, Brian Hilemon was recently promoted to Director of Marketing Partnerships. Brian joined the SDTA’s marketing team as the Interactive Content Editor in 2006, and the next year was promoted to Membership Manager. His work with the SDTA’s 1,100 members contributed greatly to delivering strong revenue growth for our organization.