Visit Oakland, the city’s destination marketing organization, along with its board of directors, welcomes Mark Everton as the new President & CEO of the organization.
The announcement comes after an extensive search over the past several months conducted by Horizon Hospitality.
Everton has been serving as Interim President & CEO of Visit Oakland after the departure of Alison Best. He brings along over 30 years of experience in hotel and hospitality management. Most recently, he served as the Area Managing Director at Commune Hotels & Resorts for their Silicon Valley and San Francisco hotels and the General Manager of the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square in Oakland. Mark has managed three of Oakland‘s full service hotels during his tenure in the industry.
Everton is an established community leader in Oakland. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Visit Oakland Board of Directors, most recently holding the title of CFO. Mark’s involvement with Oakland’s hospitality and business communities is multi-faceted as he also co-founded the Oakland Restaurant Association.
“Mark’s experience in hotels and his relationships with key city and community leaders is incredibly valuable,” says Michael LeBlanc, Chairman of the Visit Oakland Board of Directors. “As Oakland continues to emerge as a top national and international destination, we’re confident in his leadership and feel that he will be able to build onto the work that has been done and propel Oakland to the next level. ”
“I’m very excited to be joining the great team at Visit Oakland,” say Everton. “We’ve already launched a successful Oakland Urban Wine Trail and have created buzz among the culinary and tech scenes. My vision for Visit Oakland is to leverage the city’s recognition as one of the most diverse cities in America and a top travel destination to continue the positive trend in generating room night and visitors in Oakland.”
Everton officially begins his new role on June 16.