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CRVA Hires A New CEO

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has named a new CEO to take over for its embattled leader. Tom Murray will lead the organization which markets the region to visitors and manages several entertainment facilities as well as the convention center. Tom Murray has managed and marketed a couple of hotel chains including InterContinental in the Americas and Red Lion Hotels. Most recently he was the CEO of Lindblad Expeditions in New York, a small cruise line that partners with National Geographic. CRVA board chairman Joe Hallow says Murray's experience has given him the ability to ensure the region can compete internationally for tourism and convention business. Murray will have a lot on his plate when he shows up for work later this month. The Democratic National Convention is just nine months away. The NASCAR Hall of Fame which the CRVA manages is running a deficit and trying to lure more visitors. Murray will also have some delicate work to do as far as relationships inside and outside the organization. The man who he's replacing as CEO, Tim Newman, will still be around. The board demoted Newman to a senior executive position overseeing business development, sales and marketing after pressure from the city council and Mayor Anthony Foxx. Some city officials have criticized Newman for entertainment expenses and staff bonus policies as well as ongoing financial troubles at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Murray will be making a base salary of $275,000 with an $8,000 annual car allowance.