Visit Oak Park looks for a new executive

Timing of transition called 'ideal' by current President & CEO Thomas Lynch

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Leaders of Visit Oak Park announced, Nov. 10, that the organization will be looking for a new president and CEO to replace longtime head Thomas Lynch. 

"We are enthusiastic about growth opportunities in our region and look forward to naming a visionary leader to guide that growth," Laura Thompson, chair of the board of directors, said in a news release.

According to Thompson and Lynch, revenue has improved for the local visitors bureau. The number of local and international tourists has increased, and the organization feels that new leadership can move the center forward. 

"We are going to build on that momentum to boost partnership and innovation," Thompson said. 

Visit Oak Park leaders said future initiatives will be announced in early 2015.

 "We have a talented staff and we are well-positioned to become an even more vibrant organization as we serve the Oak Park area and its economy through the promotion of tourism," said Lynch, who will continue to serve Visit Oak Park as vice president of Finance and Administration.

The local organization serves 21 communities, which include attractions such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Brookfield Zoo, Route 66 and the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home.

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