100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Foundation Board of Directors


Executive Committee

Craig Davis, CDME
Chair
2012-13

Craig Davis is President and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. In this position, Mr. Davis oversees a $10 million budget, directing and managing all VisitPittsburgh strategies, operations, activities and staff as the nonprofit organization works to achieve its mission: generate convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.

Mr. Davis has been on the Destination & Travel Foundation board of directors for three years and a member of DMAI for 13 years. He has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly two decades. He began his tenure at VisitPittsburgh as Executive Director of Convention Sales. Having proven himself as an effective leader, Mr. Davis was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing and, most recently, to the position of President and CEO in March 2012.

Mr. Davis' background in the hospitality industry includes experience as Director of Marketing for the Westin William Penn Hotel; Marketing Director for the Vista Hotel; Director of Convention Services for the Toronto Hilton and Toronto Airport Hilton; and as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

In 2002, Mr. Davis became a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME). CDME is recognized within the convention and visitors bureau industry as its highest educational achievement.

Robin Carson
Chair-Elect
2012-13

Robin Carson is responsible for overseeing all operations pertaining to Kingsmill Resort and Kingsmill on the James residential community, a Xanterra Parks Resorts property in Williamsburg, Va. Carson’s longstanding career with Worlds of Discovery theme parks subsidiary, Busch Entertainment Corporation, began more than 30 years ago at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

In 1985, Carson was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sesame Place in Langhorne, Penn, the nation’s only theme park based on the award-winning television show Sesame Street®. She was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of SeaWorld San Antonio in 1991.

From there, Carson was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager for Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island in Tampa Bay, Fla., a position she held until moving to Busch Entertainment Corporation’s corporate office in 2003 to assume the role of Vice President of Marketing for Busch Entertainment Corporation.
 
Carson was promoted to Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Kingsmill in August 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Travel Association and the Destination & Travel Foundation.