The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and Valley Hotel and Resort Association are pleased to announce David Drennon as the new executive vice president.

Drennon brings extensive industry knowledge from his most recent role as vice president, strategic initiatives at the Arizona Commerce Authority, where he worked to promote Arizona’s tourism and business assets, climate and culture to global markets including Canada, Mexico, China, England, Germany, France, India, Norway and Taiwan.

“Through global trade and tourism missions, statewide Governor’s conferences and other opportunities, (Drennon) has been a critical asset in presenting our state as the best place to visit in the United States, and an incredible place to explore, settle, work and raise a family,” said Kim Sabow, president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. “Many of our stakeholders have worked with Drennon over the past ten years in support of our state’s gems – both urban and rural. He is a great addition to our team.”

Drennon brings an incredible background in marketing and media to AzLTA and VHRA. He led daily news product development for channels 12 and 15 in the Valley, and maintains an extensive network of connections which will be important to growing our statewide brands in the coming months and years. He additionally produced one of the state’s first and only nationally televised commercials showcasing the value proposition for business leaders and visitors to explore our great state, return and even consider it as a permanent home.

“From world class sporting events and top ranked major league teams to diversified cultural experiences, and some of the nation’s best resorts, spas and dining for foodies, Arizona is home to incredible assets and I look forward to helping promote all we have to offer,” Drennon said. “This is an exciting opportunity in support of one of our state’s most important industries, and I am energized and excited to begin.”

Drennon will officially join the team next week.