Beth Marchetti has been appointed executive director of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, replacing Skip Strittmatter, who is retiring at the end of July.
Marchetti was chosen after an extensive nationwide search which began last January and drew more than 80 applicants. Five finalists were interviewed by the executive board before a selection was made.
Marchetti has worked for the Oak Brook-based DuPage CVB since December 1999, most recently as deputy director. She started with the organization handling marketing and membership, then became marketing director and was appointed to director of development in 2008.
"After an extensive search, she was the ideal choice as the next executive director," said Mike Feigenbaum, chairman of the DuPage CVB board of directors and general manager of the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center.
"I was very impressed with the strong relationships she has nurtured with our 36 communities, exemplary leadership skills she has shown over the past 20-year career period, and her knowledge of convention bureau strategy and structure within Illinois. She has also shared a future vision that will enable the bureau to continue to serve all stakeholders. Beth will be instrumental in the continued growth of the DuPage CVB that will showcase DuPage as an ideal meetings and visitor destination."
Prior to joining the DuPage CVB, Marchetti served as senior account manager for Ivy Integrated Marketing in Downers Grove and as marketing manager for the Chicago Office of Tourism.
Marchetti has served as secretary of the Chicago Plus Tourism Office, as well as a guest instructor for the Hospitality Management Program at the College of DuPage, which also recognized her service to the industry with their Women in Travel and Tourism award.
She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Destination Marketing Association International, where she is completing her coursework for her Certified Destination Management Executive accreditation. She holds a bachelor's in business administration/marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.
"Representing the hospitality industry is a passion of mine. I am thankful for this opportunity and honored to be leading the charge for the DuPage CVB. I look forward to forging new partnerships and alliances to help DuPage County remain second only to Chicago in tourism revenue for the state of Illinois."
Strittmatter is retiring this month after more than 20 years in the position.