Visit California Board Members

Board Leadership


Sima Patel
Chief Executive Officer
Ridgemont Hospitality

Vice Chair of Marketing

James Bermingham
Executive Vice President, Operations
Montage International

Vice Chair of Operations

Noreen Martin
Martin Resorts, Inc.

Chief Fiscal Officer

Gary Buffo
Pure Luxury Transportation

Board Members

Panorea Avdis
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Paula Beck
Vice President of Global Accounts – West
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Jim Burba
Burba Hotel Network
Charlie Cahill
Senior Vice President of Franchises for North America
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Russ Cox
Executive Vice President of Operations
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Josh D’Amaro
Disneyland Resorts
Michael Dunne
Area Vice President of Operations, California
Hilton Worldwide
Kevin Fat
Chief Operating Officer
Fat Family Restaurant Group
Robert Gleason
President & CEO
Evans Hotels
Don Gordon
Gordon Biersch
Dan Harvey
Division Vice President
The Hertz Corporation
Karen Irwin
President & COO
Universal Studios
Susan Irwin
Vice President
Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Sacramento, LLC
John Kelliher
Grapeline Wine Tours
Brian King
Global Officer – Digital, Distribution, Revenue Management, & Global Sales
Marriott Business Services
Tom Klein
Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Joe Knight
Vice President, Business Development
Fox Rent A Car, Inc.
Terry MacRae
Chief Executive Officer
Hornblower Cruises and Events
Terry MacRae
Chief Executive Officer
Hornblower Cruises and Events
Jordan Meisner
Senior Vice President – Field Operations
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Douglas Myers
CEO/Executive Director
San Diego Zoo Global
Cody Plott
President & Chief Executive Officer
Pebble Beach Company
Peter Ronchetti
President & General Manager
LEGOLAND California Resort
Carl Schuster
CEO-Managing Partner
Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc.
Jeff Senior
Vice President of Marketing
KSL Resorts
Bobbie Singh-Allen
Executive Vice President and COO
California Lodging Industry Association
Benjamin Webster
Office Managing Shareholder
Littler Mendelson PC
Andy Wirth
Chief Executive Officer
Squaw Valley
Ernest Wooden
President & CEO
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Gene Zanger
Casa De Fruta Parkway, LLC
Caroline Beteta
President & CEO/Director of Tourism
Visit California
Diane Cody
Executive Manager & Commission Liaison
Visit California