In July 2013, Edwin Fuller was named the President and CEO of the Orange County Visitors Association. As an internationally recognized hospitality and travel industry leader, Fuller will lend his knowledge and expertise to the expansion of Orange County, California into the global marketplace.
“We are delighted that someone with the renowned industry expertise and acumen of Ed Fuller will help us take advantage of the many economic and cultural opportunities tourism affords Orange County,” said Gary Sherwin, OCVA Board Chairman. “Tourism is a critical component of our economic base and we are confident that Ed will effectively help propel us to the next level and beyond especially in the global arena.”
Concurrently with this announcement, Laguna Strategic Advisors member Chip Stuckmeyer was named Vice President of Project Management and long-time Orange County tourism leader Anita Vanaman was named Vice President of Administration of the Association.
“The OC is a brand with worldwide tourism appeal,” said Ed Fuller. “We are eager to start working with local tourism leaders, stakeholders and potential strategic partners to showcase the best Orange County has to offer to attract our fair share of the more than $100 billion in tourism spending generated in California each year.”
Tourism plays an essential role in Orange County’s diverse and vibrant economy. The OC welcomes 43.8 million visitors annually who spend $8.7 billion and help support 160,000 local tourism industry jobs. With more than 40 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Edwin Fuller has the knowledge and experience to help the Orange County Visitors Association meet their goals and expand into the global marketplace.