• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Industry Advisory Council
Chris Adams 

Chris Adams, Council Chair

Director of Online Marketing, Miles Media, Inc.

Chris is the director of online marketing for Miles Media Group, the largest destination tourism publisher in the US. He has extensive experience in sustainable tourism, new technology, and media from around the world, having been CEO of a Convention & Visitor Bureau in New Zealand where he developed one of the world's first long-term Sustainable Tourism Plans. He was also head of marketing for the South Pacific's largest tourism publisher, Jason's Travel Media Ltd. He has served as director of e-commerce at a leading Colorado web technology company, Circadence, and as assistant to the general manager at BSkyB in London. Chris is a board member of the Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative—an environmental not-for-profit focused on promoting renewable energy in the tourism industry.


Marilyn Ball

President, 12Twelve Collaborative Solution

Marilyn is president of 12Twelve Collaborative Solutions and a leading expert in creating partnerships through cooperative marketing strategies. With 20 years experience in the tourism, economic development, and hospitality industries, Marilyn's formidable experience in media and public relations campaign development supports her ability to guide clients in the most efficient use of marketing funds. Yet, it is her keen instinct and vision that business leaders recognize as her most valuable asset. Not only does she demonstrate an impressive record of creativity and problem solving, it is her gift to motivate and inspire that makes her a sought after strategist and mentor.


Elan J. Blutinger

Managing Director, Alpine Consolidated, LLC.
Director, Great Wolf Resorts

Elan is the managing director of Alpine Consolidated, LLC, a merchant banking partnership focused on simultaneous restructuring, acquisition, merger, and initial public and private offerings of fragmented service companies. He serves as a director for Great Wolf Resorts and was director for Hotels.com and the founder and director for ResortQuest International.


Christina Cavaliere

Sustainable Tourism Project Manager,
United Nations Environment Program GRID-Arendal

Christina currently serves as the Sustainable Tourism Project Manager at UNEP GRID Arendal located in Arendal Norway. GRID-Arendal (GA) is an official United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) collaborating center. Christina is also a Senior Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Christina held a previous position at The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as Director of Training and Education based in Washington, DC for several years. Christina has designed and implemented conservation and sustainable tourism projects, training programmes, and applied research with partners on in over thirty countries, on six continents. She holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and a Masters degree from James Cook University in  Far North Queensland, Australia where she studied ecotourism and sustainable development. She has also spoken widely at international events, universities and meetings including United Nations conferences and workshops in Tanzania, Philippines, Norway, France and the United States, on various aspects of environmental and community development through sustainable tourism.


Penn Dameron

President, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Penn has been the Executive Director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation since 2009. Prior to holding this position, he served as Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Penn had a summer job at Grandfather Mountain when he was in college, selling tickets and pumping gas at the attraction entrance gate. He says the  most memorable part of his job was assisting with the "Mildred the Bear Shows" which took place twice a day back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Penn spent the next 30 years as a trial lawyer and Superior Court Judge. During those years he still worked closely with Western North Carolina Tomorrow, and was a member of the Year of the Mountains Commission. An accomplished musician, Penn started playing in garage bands when he was 14 and has recorded and performed in several venues. He is devoted to mountain music and has spent years preserving mountain culture through the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, he has also been highly involved with the "Singing on the Mountain" and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games which preserves the Scottish heritage of the North Carolina highlands.


Suzanne Dorsey

Executive Director, Bald Head Island Conservancy

Suzanne began her duties as executive director of the Bald Head Island Conservancy in January 2005. She earned her PhD in Coastal Oceanography from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has also done extensive work in Barbados, and her other academic degrees include a BA in Biology from Drew University and an MS in Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. Suzanne is a native of the metropolitan DC area and was raised in Potomac, MD, but spent seven of her first nine years in Holland. She enjoys sailing, horseback riding, kayaking, and biking, and both she and her husband, Steve Brock, are accomplished scuba divers.


Shelly Green

President & CEO, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Shelly has served as the President and CEO of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2000. Prior to coming to Durham, Shelly worked as Executive Director of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and as Vice President of the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. Shelly earned both a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the University of Miami, which gave her the opportunity to visit Russia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Spain, Belgium, England, Korea, and Japan, and really inspired her love of travel.


Jamilla Hawkins

Community & Rural Development Agent
NC Cooperative Extension Service

Jamilla serves as a Community & Rural Development Agent for the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Edgecombe County. Her current work includes working with grassroots organizations, small business owners, local municipalities, tourism and various opportunities for leadership in the county. She has also worked as Consultant to the African American Heritage Commission with the NC Department of Cultural Resources, a Friend Raising Campaign Coordinator with the NC Freedom Monument Project, and a Program Member with Public Allies North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Political Science and North Carolina Central University with a Master's in Public Administration. As a graduate student she worked with the Southern Rural Development Initiative and traveled to Georgia and South Carolina where her research into the Gullah-Geechee culture fostered her love of rural communities. She has also worked for Baker County Public Schools in Florida, teaching writing and social studies to 9th-12th graders.

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Mike Kelly

Mike is a native of Elizabeth City, NC, and the owner of four businesses on the Outer Banks: Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, Penguin Isle Southside Grill and Bar, George's Junction, and Mako Mike's. He holds memberships and is active with the NC Restaurant Association, the Dare County Restaurant Association, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, the Outer Banks Community Foundation, and the Dare County Tourism Board. A graduate of East Carolina University (1972), Mike has been a member of the ECU Board of Trustees, serving as secretary in 2005. He resides in Nags Head with his wife, Willo.


Tim Lampkin

Director of Sales and Group Services
Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tim currently serves as the Director of Sales and Group Services for the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. He has 25 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. In his current role, he has led the sustainability efforts of the Asheville Tourism Community with the creation of a project-oriented "green task force," the area's first National Tourism Week summit on sustainable practices, and the development of a green funding program to assist Warren Wilson College's Insulate program. Tim serves on the steering committee of the Mountain Green Conference and is also a member of the Asheville Civic Center Commission. On weekends, you can find Tim and his beagle, Daisy, out hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina.


Matty Lazo-Chadderton

Institutional Public Affairs Officer
Consulate General of Mexico- Raleigh, NC

Matty Is a native of Peru, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.  She is currently serving as the Institutional Public Affairs Officer at the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh, NC.  Matty has also worked as an Outreach Consultant for the Joint Redistricting Committee of the NC General Assembly.  Matty was the Director for Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Office of the President Pro Tempore, North Carolina Senate.  Previously, she has been a Hispanic education advocate, lobbyist, and consultant for Hispanic families and children with disabilities.  While living in Caracas, Venezuela, Matty worked as an executive in a transnational company; and in Dominican Reublic, she co-founded and owned a successful art gallery. Among her civic involvements, she serves on the Board of Directors of Public School Forum of NC, and on the Board of International Affairs Council.

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Chris Metzle

President of Verde Evolution

Chris, president of Verde Evolution, has worked with companies to “green up” their facilities as well as their day-to-day business practices in ways that benefit the bottom line. This has led him to also work with city and county economic development departments as they try to figure out how to attract new businesses to older buildings. Chris earned his international MBA from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in finance. He also has a commercial real estate broker’s license and a NC general contractor’s license. Chris also teaches for the EcoBroker Designation, an internationally recognized real estate organization, and he frequently gives talks and presentations to various groups and organizations about green and sustainability.


Nick Mollé

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
Nick is an award winning videographer, producer, director,  host, and writer. He has traveled the globe from Alaska to Australia in search of the unusual, the extreme, and the unforgettable. His serious purpose, with a touch of humor has won him many awards for his productions. Nick has hiked, documented, and filmed Rocky Mountain National Park for twenty years. When not in the Rocky Mountains, he follows a passion for inspirational destinations. His first releases with American Public Television included A Walk in the Park with Nick Mollé: Real Rocky and WildSide with Nick Mollé: Costa Rica. His love of nature, quest for knowledge, search for adventure, and eye for photography have taken him to exotic destinations including the Costa Rican Rain Forest, Alaska's Prince William Sound, and Australia's remote Northern Territory. Recently, Nick produced, directed and wrote Solar Car: The Secrets of Ra7 which documents the Solar Challenge race across Australia. Nicks purpose is to present natural treasures cloaked in their splendor, beauty, and significance with the hope that he can make a contribution to their preservation.


Kim Schaefer

CEO, Great Wolf Resorts

Kim has been CEO for Great Wolf Resorts for the past 11 years and has spearheaded its growth and evolution as America's largest family of indoor waterpark resorts. She has more than 20 years of accounting and hotel operating experience, and holds a BS in Accounting from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, where she sits on the advisory board for the school of business.


Jamie Schectman

CEO and Co-Founder, Mountain Rider's Alliance

As a life-long ski bum and serial entrepreneur, Jamie has parlayed his passions into a career. From managing a ski area hotel in California, to serving as tail guide for a heli ski operation in Alaska, to refurbishing a wine vineyard in Argentina, Jamie has an extensive background in resort operations and their relations to local communities. He is now a leading voice challenging the ski industry to be more sustainable, believing that ski resorts need to become stewards for their communities and the environment. His organization, Mountain Rider's Alliance, will lead the future of the ski industry by implementing renewable energy creation at all of its Mountain Playgrounds. Having lived and worked in diverse locales from the Chugach to Patagonia, Jamie considers himself a Citizen of the World. He is excited to work with such an esteemed group of individuals and is eager to help push sustainability initiatives in the snow sports sector.


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