Committee Members

The Tennessee Tourism Committee is represented by members of tourism from every region of the state. The members are all leaders of their organizations and range from convention and visitors bureaus to attractions to chambers of commerce to hotels. The committee also has advisory members that include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the University of Tennessee and the Center for Non-profit Management. Please click on the committee member names below to view and download their full biographies.


Chairman – Colin V. Reed
Chairman, President and CEO, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Co-Chair – Ted Miller
President, Dolly Parton Productions

Co-Chair – Jack Soden
CEO, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Commissioner - Susan Whitaker
Commissioner of Tourist Development, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 



Greg Adkins
President & CEO, Tennessee  Hospitality & Tourism Association

Charlie Arant
President, Tennessee Aquarium

Regena Bearden
Vice President Marketing and Public Relations, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kix Brooks
Founder, Arrington Vineyards
Country Music Artist

Kim Bumpas
President, Visit Knoxville 

Sharon Brawner
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Steve Cruz
Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Wilderness at the Smokies Resort

Ryan DeSear
Regional Manager, Ripley’s Entertainment, Inc.

Robert  B. Doak
President and CEO, Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Leon Downey
Executive Director, Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

Kevin Kane
President and CEO, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

Logan McCabe
Vice President of the Consumer Group, Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway

Lori Nunnery
Executive Director, Jackson-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vicki Simms
Executive Director, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

Butch Spyridon
President and CEO, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp

Sande Weiss
President and CEO, Music Road Hospitality

Evette White
Founder, Partner and CEO, Sullivan Branding

Kyle Young
Director and Chief Executive Officer, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 


Advisory Members

Aaron Gumpenberger
Director of Planning and Investments, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Deana Ivey
Chief Marketing Officer

Sherri Jones
President, Sullivan Branding

Chelsea McCready
Director of Research, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp


Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Partners

Keith Britt
Director of Development

John Carr
Assistant Commissioner, Administration

Cindy Dupree
Public Information Officer & Director of Public Relations

Bennjin Lao
Director of Sales

Jennifer Littlejohn
Director of Marketing

Pete Rosenboro
Assistant Commissioner, Welcome Centers