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About OCVA

About OCVA

The OCVA: A Dynamic Advocate for a Vital Industry

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 experience.

They are the leading organization for Orange County tourism. They speak with one voice and act with the collective strength of our partners. There's no question that the OCVA is the champion of Orange County's visitor Industry.

The OCVA Promise

The association leads their partners in Orange County visitor advocacy communications and brand marketing support.

The OCVA Mission Statement

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.

The OCVA: What We Do

    Advocacy: The OCVA is the unified voice for the Orange County visitor industry's tourism-related legislative initiatives. They promote policies that benefit the travel industry and ensure that the priorities and needs of Orange County tourism are heard.
      Marketing: The positive awareness and understanding of The OC brand is their most valuable asset. They are all stewards of this brand and promote Orange County as a premier world travel destination. By combining their collective strengths, the entire region becomes more attractive to prospective visitors and stronger economically. And in the process, each individual tourism-related business benefits from The OC's prominence and appeal as a destination.
        Education: The OCVA serves as an information resource for government officials and travel industry professionals. The association hosts education and networking forums to convey correct regional, domestic, and international travel trends. They foster professional and workforce development through academic advisory partnerships.

           

          Orange County Visitors Association Board of Directors

           

          EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:

          Chairman: Gary Sherwin, President & CEO
          – Visit Newport Beach Inc.

          Vice-Chairman: Judy Bijlani, President & CEO
          – Visit Laguna Beach

          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:
          Jim Collison, 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:
          Lynn Clark, Director, Destination Sales

          Fashion Island/Irvine Spectrum Center:
          Warren Chaumont, Director, Marketing Regional Centers

          Hilton Anaheim:
          Shaun Robinson, General Manager

          Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort:
          Kamran Enyat, General Manager

          Visit Laguna Beach:  Ashley Johnson, Marketing Director 

          Visit Huntington Beach: Kelly Miller, President & CEO

           

          Island Hotel: Kevin Sanford, Director of Sales and Marketing

           

          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

           

          OC Marriott Hotels: Debbie Snavely, General Manager, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

           

          The Place Magazine: Rebecca Tynan, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

          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:
          TBD

          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

          Pelican Hill Resort: Frank Ashmore, Director of Sales & Marketing

          PKF Consulting: Bruce Baltin, Senior Vice President 

          Red Lion Hotel Anaheim: Cindy Hooper, General Manager

           

          Richard Nixon Foundation (Nixon Library): Sandy Quinn, President/CEO 

           

          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

          OCVA Office Location:
          19200 Von Karman, Suite 880
          Irvine, CA 92612
          949-336-7210


          ADVISORS:

          Orange County Film Commission: Janice Arrington, Film Commissioner

          California Travel Association:
          John Severini, President & CEO

          County of Orange: Carolyn McInerney:
          Administrative Manager

           

          MANAGEMENT:

          Ed Fuller, President/CEO