Former Sea World Executive Named Interim Head of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater CVB

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Jim Dean, interim president and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater in Florida
Jim Dean, interim president and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater in Florida

Jim Dean, a former executive with SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, has been tapped to serve as interim president and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater in Florida, following the resignation of former president/CEO David Downing. As reported by Northstar Meetings Group last month, Downing stepped to take a private sector job, following Pinellas County executives’ scrutiny of his expenses and operation of the organization.

Dean brings more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. He previously served as president and corporate senior vice president of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, and as president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & Adventure Island. Dean also has served as an advisor and board member of several Tampa Bay area organizations, including Visit Tampa Bay. The convention and visitors bureau's board plans to launch a search to fill the CEO vacancy permanently.

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