The head of the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau is leaving to run the tourism agency in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Augusta CVB on Thursday announced Barry White, its president and CEO for the past 23 years, will leave early next year to head the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
White, a Tennessee native who joined the city’s tourism board in 1991, will leave effective Feb. 23 – the 26-year anniversary of his tenure in Augusta, where he started as director of sales.
“It has been a privilege working with Barry,” Augusta CVB Chairman Dennis Skelley said in a prepared statement. “The board would like to express our gratitude for his continued professionalism and wish Barry the best in his new endeavors.”
Skelley said the board will convene “after the holidays to discuss plans to establish a search committee to select the organization’s next CEO and define actions moving forward.”
White has been instrumental in marketing the metro area during the past two decades as well as serving as a champion for projects such as the exhibit hall at the Augusta Convention Center at the Marriott and the city’s long-range tourism plan, Destination Blueprint, which was unveiled earlier this year.
“Living and working in the Augusta community has truly been an honor and a privilege,” White said in a statement. “The (CVB) has laid the groundwork for an exciting future which I’m grateful to have been a part of and will continue to support. Augusta’s River Region has much to be proud of and will continue to be a spearhead of innovation and growth in the years to come.”
White is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is certified by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Organizational Management and is a Certified Destination Management Executive by Destination’s International.