The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the addition of a new Cheif Operating Officer to head the community's official destination management organization. 

Mike Zumbaugh, CDME, has joined the Chattanooga CVB. Zumbaugh will focus on the company’s finances, human resources, and operations to bring efficiency and transparency as the Chattanooga CVB executes a new strategic plan that focuses on company growth.

 

“We are very excited to welcome Mike to Chattanooga and to the CVB. His 27 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry has given him an understanding of all aspects of how a CVB operates, making him uniquely qualified for this role. He is a trusted leader and having him on board will help us move toward operational excellence,” stated Barry White, CDME, president and chief executive officer of the Chattanooga CVB.

Prior to his new role at Chattanooga CVB, Zumbaugh was at the Convention & Visitors Bureau in Irving, Texas. In the last 3 years he spent there, Zumbaugh was the vice president of finance & administrations. Zumbaugh also held the position for the Greater Lansing, Michigan CVB, where he started his career 24 years earlier as the finance manager.

“Between Barry reaching out to me and the initial interview, my wife and I visited Chattanooga 3 times. We had never been here before and were very impressed with the vibrancy of the downtown area, southern hospitality, and incredible views from Lookout Mountain. It immediately felt like home,” said Zumbaugh. “I am excited for the opportunity to help lead a dedicated and passionate team as we implement our new initiatives.”