Al Hutchinson was announced today as the president and CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He will replace David Randel, who is retiring in July after serving as president since early 2012.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Hutchinson holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
He has nearly 25 years of experience in the hospitality and destination marketing arena, and has most recently served as the vice president of convention sales and services at the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more than eleven years, he led an experienced team of convention sales and service professionals and worked closely with community leaders, industry decision makers, elected officials and hotel, attraction and restaurant partners.
Prior to his time in Virginia Beach, Hutchinson served in various leadership positions with the Greater Pittsburgh CVB, the Charlotte Convention Center, the Park Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. and the Richmond Metropolitan CVB.
He also served on the board of directors for groups such as Destination Marketing Association International, Meeting Planners International-Multicultural Initiative, the Urban League of Hampton Roads and the Religious Conference Management Association.
Hutchinson’s first responsibility will be to assess the current organizational vision and strategies of the MBCVB.
He will also meet with key hospitality and community leaders and become familiar with recent sales and marketing programs, current projects underway and future plans of action.
“Al’s reputation, experience and success record in the hospitality industry are just what the MBCVB needs to propel us into the future,” said Karen Outlaw Atchison, who chairs the organization’s board of directors. “This is a critical time for the tourism industry in Mobile, and we are confident Al will be a successful advocate for tourism development. His role will be to identify opportunities and tackle the challenges we face as we work toward positioning Mobile as a top-tier southern destination for both leisure and convention audiences.”