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Fiveash Resigns as Foundation Executive Director

January 23, 2004

Fiveash Resigns as Foundation Executive Director
January 23, 2004 – National Tourism Foundation Executive Director Randy Fiveash has resigned to take the job of Kentucky’s Commissioner of Tourism. Fiveash, who has served as the Foundation’s executive director since July 2002, will begin his duties with the state Feb. 9.

Fiveash, a 28-year veteran of the travel industry, led several convention and visitors bureaus before coming to the Foundation, including the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Gatlinburg Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Arlington Convention & Visitor Bureau. In his new state tourism position, Fiveash will serve under NTA’s former executive vice president Jim Host, who is Kentucky’s new Commerce Secretary.

"I have enjoyed my time leading the Foundation and will continue to have a passion for its work," Fiveash said. "We are extremely fortunate to have a talented, energetic Board of Trustees and management team that will carry out the great things planned for 2004 and beyond that will further the Foundation’s mission. I appreciate the support of NTA and the travel industry as the Foundation has continued to expand its role of helping to provide qualified and educated students a path into our industry."

The Foundation Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee will begin planning the search process for a new executive director next week.

"We wish Randy well and look forward to his accomplishments on behalf of Kentucky tourism," said NTA President Hank Phillips, CTP.

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