Travel & Tourism Board

The Travel & Tourism Board advocates the sound development of the travel and tourism industry in North Carolina advising the Secretary of Commerce on policy matters related to tourism. Below are current members of the board.

2017 Member List

Kevin Baker
Piedmont Triad International Airport
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Sabrina Bengel
Craven County TDA
Term Ends: Governor’s Term
Apptd By: Governor

Rolf Blizzard
Turnpike Properties
Term Ends: 8-31-2017
Apptd By: NC Travel & Tourism Coalition

Christopher Chung
Economic Development Partnership of NC
Term Ends: Ex Officio (Non-Voting)
Apptd By: Economic Development Partnership of NC

Robert Danos
NC Youth Camp Association
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Richard Geiger
Winston-Salem CVB
Term Ends: 8-31-2017
Apptd By: DMANC

Joel Griffin
Griffin Stafford Hospitality, LLC
Term Ends: 8-31-2017
Apptd By: NCRLA - Lodging

Sen. Ralph Hise
North Carolina Senate
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Rep. Charles Jeter
NC House of Representatives
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: House Speaker

Rep. Patricia McElraft
North Carolina House of Representatives
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: House Speaker

Caleb Miles
Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB
Term Ends: 8-31-2017
Apptd By: NCTIA

Tammy O'Kelley, Chair
Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: House Speaker

Vinay Patel
SREE Hotels, LLC
Term Ends: Governor’s Term
Apptd By: Governor

Jessica I. Roberts
Greater Mt. Airy Chamber of Commerce
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: House Speaker

Sen. Norman Sanderson
North Carolina Senate
Term Ends: 8-31-2018
Apptd By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Secretary John E. Skvarla III
NC Department of Commerce
Term Ends: Ex Officio (Non-Voting)
Apptd By: NC Dept. of Commerce

Paula Wilber
The Biltmore Company
Term Ends: 8-31-2017
Apptd By: NCRLA - Restaurant