Tourism plays an essential role in Orange County's diverse and vibrant economy. The OC welcomes a remarkable 42 million visitors annually, who spend $7.75 billion and help support 160,000 local tourism industry jobs.
As the county's leading advocate for tourism for nearly 20 years, the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) is the only visitor organization that promotes all of The OC. They're fortunate to represent an endlessly appealing destination - one that is versatile enough to tap into an enormous regional market of 21 million people and a growing number of global travelers looking for their own unforgettable California expderience.
They are the leading organization for Orange County tourism. They speak with one voice and act with the collecive strength of our partners. There's no question that the OCVA is the champion of Orange County's visitor Industry.
The association leads their partners in Orange County visitor advocacy communications and brand marketing support.
The Orange County Visitors Association represents The OC as one of the world's premier travel destinations by providing brand marketing stewardship and information dissemination, collective industry advocacy, and educational opportunities.
Chairman: Gary Sherwin, President & CEO – Visit Newport Beach Inc.
Vice-Chairman: Judy Bijlani, President & CEO – Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau
Immediate Past Chairman: Steve Bone, President & CEO - Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau
Treasurer: Russ Kline, Director of Account and Market Development - American Express
Secretary: Christy Teague, Economic Development Manager – City of Dana Point
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Anaheim/OC Visitors & Convention Bureau: Jay Burress, President
Anaheim Resort Transportation: Diana Kotler, Executive Director
Buena Park Convention & Visitors Bureau: Sara Copping, Director
California State University Fullerton Center for Entertainment & Tourism Communications: Don Anderson, Director
Certified Folder Display Services Inc: Patrick Fearn, President
City of Garden Grove: Matt Fertal, City Manager
Costa Mesa Conference & Visitor Bureau: Paulette Lombardi-Fries, President
Destination Irvine: Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing
Disneyland Resort: Kyndell Paine, Manager of Government Relations
Fashion Island/Irvine Spectrum Center: Warren Chaumont, Director, Marketing Regional Centers
Hilton Anaheim: Shaun Robinson, General Manager
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort: J.D. Shafer, General Manager
John Wayne Airport, Orange County: Jenny Wedge, Manager, Public Relations
Knott’s Berry Farm: Chelle Rupp, Director of Sales/Marketing
OC: California’s Golf Coast: Gina Kerley, Executive Director
The Place Magazine: Michael Maxsenti, Publisher
Orange County Board of Supervisors/1st District: Jany Lee, OC Korean Festival
Orange County Board of Supervisors/2nd District: Bonnie Hall, Arts Consultant
Orange County Board of Supervisors/3rd District: Mark Denny, OC Parks
Orange County Board of Supervisors/4th District: Sharon Nelson
Orange County Board of Supervisors/5th District: Don Hughes
Orange County Fair & Event Center: Michele Richards, Chief of Business Development Officer
Orange County Great Park Corporation: Mike Ellzey, CEO
PKF Consulting: Bruce Baltin, Senior Vice President
San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce/Mission San Juan Capistrano: Barb Beier, Development & Marketing Manager
South Coast Plaza: Werner Escher, Executive Director, Domestic & Intl Markets
The Oceanfront: Michelle McCue, Communications Consultant
Transportation Corridor Agencies (The Toll Roads): Lisa Ganz, Communications Marketing Specialist
WHERE Magazine: Jeff Levy, Publisher
Orange County Film Commission: Janice Arrington, Film Commissioner
California Travel Association: John Severini, President & CEO
County of Orange: Carolyn McInerney: Administrative Manager
Anita Vanaman, Executive Director