CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton named the three finalists for the job of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater president and CEO May 7, following a nationwide recruitment led by Searchwide Global.
The finalists are Brent DeRaad, Visit Tucson president & CEO; Tamara Pigott, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau executive director; and Tim Ramsberger, Visit St. Pete--Clearwater’s current chief operating officer.
“We received a lot of high-quality interest with this incredible opportunity, and I’m very pleased with the finalists,” Burton said. “I’m excited for the community to meet all three top-notch professionals and provide comments to assist me in selecting the next leader for a world-class destination.”
DeRaad has been in the top position at Visit Tucson since 2012, managing a $10 million budget and 40 full-time employees. Before joining Visit Tucson, DeRaad held three different positions, including executive vice president from 2001-2012 with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Pigott has led the Lee County CVB, which boasts a $20 million budget, since 2010. Prior to taking over the top job, she was deputy director from 2006-2010 and also established and ran the first-ever Beach & Shoreline program for Lee County for six years.
Ramsberger has served as chief operating officer for VSPC since 2016. He has led efforts of rebuilding and rebranding the Sports Commission and Community/Brand Engagement departments, as well as guided key funding support programs, like the Capital Project Funding and Elite Event Funding programs totaling more than $80 million. Prior to joining VSPC, he spent 10 years launching and running the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.