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Search Firm Selected to Find New President & CEO of DMAI


Washington, DC – Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) selected SearchWide to carry out the search for a new president and CEO.

SearchWide will lead the process of replacing Michael Gehrisch, who stepped down from the job after 15 years. The firm specializes in executive searches in the trade show and hospitality industry, and will work with the DMAI board of directors in the hunt for candidates.

“We will talk to as many key stakeholders as possible in the next few weeks to get their input before starting the search,” said Chairman Bob Lander, CEO of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We want to be thoughtful, thorough and transparent as we work through this process.”

In the meantime, COO Charles Jeffers will act as interim CEO.

October is a busy month for the association. The board met in Dallas in early October, and the annual Membership Summit is slated for October 13-16 in Sarasota, FL.

Reach Bob Lander at (512) 474-5171 or; Mike Gamble, president & CEO of SearchWide, at (651) 275-1370 or

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