President, Hank Todd Solutions Group
DMAI Member Since:
A recognized leader in the travel industry, Hank Todd has led destinations around the world in solving organizational and marketing challenges, including Kenya, Taiwan, Peru, Canada, Argentina and Sweden. Nationally he has advised state tourism offices and city convention and visitors bureaus.
Using innovative and unique approaches, he works with organizations devising win-win solutions involving stakeholders, governmental bodies and partners. He has helped develop strategic plans for the State of Washington, State of Minnesota and the US Travel Association, and worked on product development assessments for Stockholm, Kenya and Peru. He has done numerous facilitations for destinations and organizations from Brookings, South Dakota to the States of Missouri and Wyoming to the Arizona Tourism Alliance and Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.
As Director of Tourism for Minnesota from 1978 until 1995 (appointed by four different Governors from both political parties), he developed a Tourism Master Plan for the State. His work on numerous development and economic research projects during his tenure including the Mall of America and major events like the Super Bowl; he’s been recognized as State Travel Director of Year, received two national marketing awards and was the Outstanding Individual in Tourism in Minnesota in 2006.
Prior to starting Hank Todd Solutions Group, he was an executive at Carlson Companies from 1995 to 2008. He was VP of Marketing for Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, VP of Business Development Government and Tourism for Carlson Companies, VP Asia Strategy for Carlson Leisure Group and headed up Carlson Destination Marketing Services.
He has served on numerous Boards and Committees, including USTRAVEL, National Tourism Association Strategic Development Council, Bloomington MN Convention and Visitors Bureau, Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, Canadian Tourism Commission’s US Leisure Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee for the University of Minnesota Tourism Center and the Minnesota State University/Mankato College of Business Advisory Committee.