DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Skip Strittmatter announced she will retire after leading the organization for the past 20 years.
Strittmatter celebrated 20 years with Oak Brook-based DuPage CVB last December. She joined the bureau as executive director in 1993, when it had a three-person staff and was housed in a small county office. The bureau has since grown to 12 full-time staff members, with part-time contractors and interns.
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During Strittmatter's two decades of service, the bureau has provided support for events such as the 2012 Ryder Cup, NCAA Track & Field championships, NIKE Tournament of Champions, Junior World Figure Skating and The National Bowling Association Tournaments.
The bureau also received a number of honors and awards during her term, such as Illinois Governors Awards for Travel & Tourism, a Best of the Industry Award from Illinois Meetings & Events Magazine, and the Daily Herald Business Ledger's Annual Award for Business Excellence in Economic Development.
Strittmatter served as president of the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chicago Plus, and as a board member for Visit Illinois. She currently sits on the boards for Choose DuPage and the DuPage County Workforce. She has been honored as an Influential Woman in Business by The Daily Herald Business Ledger and the College of DuPage's Outstanding Travel Professional, and she has been featured in Crain's Chicago Business.
Strittmatter said she would step down in July, but the exact time is dependent on the time frame for naming a successor, the bureau said in a release.