John Parkinson Joins Board of Directors for Discover The Palm Beaches


Ashley Svarney
Director, Public Relations & Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
Office: 561-233-3030
Cell: 954-592-6683

Angela Ledford
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches  
Office: 561-233-3064
Cell: 318-512-7464

John Parkinson Joins Board of Directors for Discover The Palm Beaches
Executive Committee Members Announced

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2015) - Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB) announces the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors, as well as the re-appointment of four members and one new member to its Executive Committee. This esteemed group of business leaders provides the strategic direction to the organization entrusted to market the county's $7.3 billion tourism industry and advances the interests of its hospitality partners.

New Board Member John Parkinson was unanimously voted in, and will officially begin his duties on October 1, 2015. Board members Vicki Chouris, Joe Cardenas, Colin Clark and Cheri Rutledge were re-elected to the Executive Committee, and Patrick Franklin was elected to the Executive Committee. Chouris is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with the South Florida Fair/PBC Expositions, Inc., Cardenas is the CEO of Aquaco, Clark is the General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Rutledge is the General Manager of West Palm Beach Marriott and Franklin is the President & CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County.

"As an organization charged with promoting tourism -- one of Palm Beach County's top economic drivers -- Discover The Palm Beaches relies on the experience and leadership of its Board of Directors," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for DTPB. "We are fortunate to count on this well-balanced and outstanding group of board members with vast experience in tourism, business and the non-profit arenas. They are highly qualified to provide the leadership, oversight and vision to elevate The Palm Beaches to a leading position in the travel market."

Parkinson is the general manager of Hilton West Palm Beach, scheduled to open in early 2016. He is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Business Administration. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association. In 2013, he was named to the Orlando Business Journal's top 40 influential people in Central Florida under 40 years old.

"It's a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of Discover The Palm Beaches," said Parkinson. "The opportunity to work and live in such a vibrant market, which has so much to offer residents and visitors, is very exciting."

"John's extensive background in the hospitality industry and his current role as the general manager of the new Hilton West Palm Beach made him a natural fit for our board of directors," said Pesquera. "We look forward to the leadership, vision and guidance that he will provide."

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About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of approximately $7.3 billion in the local economy, produces $42 million in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supports more than 60,000 jobs.