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Colorado Tourism Board elects first woman, Andrea Fulton, as chair

Author: Joey Bunch - June 9, 2018 - Updated: June 11, 2018

Colorado Tourism OfficeAndrea Fulton of Wheat Ridge is the chief marketing officer for the Denver Art Museum and the new chair of the Colorado Tourism Board. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office)

The Colorado Tourism Board has elected the first woman as its chair, Andrea Fulton of Wheat Ridge, who is chief marketing officer for the Denver Art Museum.

She was chosen by her fellow board members. She is joined to co-chairs Courtney Frazier, executive director of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association, and Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The 11-member board appointed by the governor oversees the Colorado Tourism Office.

The board has seats reserved for designated parts of the state’s tourism economy. Those seats shuffled this week:

  • Frazier was appointed to a seat designated for the outdoor recreation industry.
  • Lucy Kay, CEO of the Breckenridge Tourism Office, was named to the destination marketing seat.
  • Kieran Cain, vice-president of marketing for Vail Resorts, was reappointed to an at-large seat.
  • Price was named to the remaining three years of the cultural events and facility groups seat, vacated when Barb Bowman, director of sales for Visit Grand Junction, stepped down.
  • Sean Demuele, general manager of Ameristar Casino Resort in Blackhawk, was appointed to serve out the remaining three years of the at-large/small communities seat, formerly held by Frazier.

Demuele is the first casino representative on the board since it started in 2000, the Colorado Tourism Office said Friday.

That’s fitting, the office suggested, noting the gaming industry pumped $800 million into the state economy last year.

“I look forward to working in the coming year with Andrea and the entire board as we collaborate on building an even stronger competitive edge for Colorado’s tourism industry,” said CTO Director Cathy Ritter. “The experience and knowledge of our board is a huge asset, and our newest appointees – Lucy and Sean – will add valuable new perspectives to our work.”

The rest of the board is past board chairman Matthew Skinner, chief operating officer for the Colorado Flights Alliance; Michael May, owner and CEO of Mars Hospitality; Sonia Quinn Riggs, president and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association; Peter Piccolo, executive director of Bicycle Colorado; and Jesse Niles True, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Copper Mountain Resort.

Four legislators also serve on the board: Sens. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, with Reps. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, and Barbara McLachlan, Durango.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.