Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy

Sponsored By:

Osg Partner Lockup K


Introducing the 2019 Class of OTLA

Amanda Smith Rasnick Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Susan Valentine-Scott Clinton County CVB
Jessica Fosco Cedar Point
Mary MacDonald Ohio Craft Brewers Association
Justin Hemminger Ohio Craft Brewers Association
Heather Bokman ODNR Division of Wildlife
Mary Huttlinger Middletown Visitors Bureau
Sarah Gleason Clermont County CVB
Haley Cooper Logan County Chamber
Bryan McMahan Great Lakes Publishing
Melissa Sanders Ashtabula County CVB
Destiny Bryson Highland County CVB
Meg Schultz Office of TourismOhio
Abby Miller Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Lance Woodworth Destination Toledo
Michelle Ford Experience Columbus
Michael Boone Troyer Athens CVB
Stephanie Dunham Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau
Adria Bergeron Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Jennifer Roell 1st Choice Cabin Rentals
Becky Whittington Visit Gahanna
Erika Sheets Lazy River at Granville
Samantha Fangman Butler County Visitors Bureau
Kevin Young Cincinnati USA CVB
Jacob Masters Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
Jandi Adams Clary Garden Foundation
Lori Bishop Visit Grove City
Dan Havener City of Grove City



Questions about OTLA? Contact Beatrice Mitchell at beatrice@ohiotravel.org 

Program Details: 

Participating in the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy is more than just learning about the Ohio travel economy and the role you play. It's also about strengthening your network with peers and existing leadership. During each session, you discuss critical regional and statewide issues with leaders from statewide public, private and nonprofit organizations. Learning occurs through panel discussions,  presentations, tours, written assignments and other activities designed to deepen your understanding of Ohio travel industry challenges and opportunities, as well as to inspire you to make a difference.   
The program consists of six classes with session locations taking place in the Greater Columbus area. Classes are held monthly from January through June. They begin at 10 am and conclude at 3 pm.
Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, CVBs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more. 

Completed applications for 2019 must be received by the Ohio Travel Association by Dec. 14, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their selection by Dec. 21, 2018. The schedule is provided below for applicants to mark calendars. Tuition for for the 2019 program is $750 for current OTA members and $900 for non-members. Non-member rates include a one-year OTA membership. Payment must be submitted with the application. Those not accepted into the program will be fully reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org.

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2019 Schedule

Jan. 16

Leadership and the Economy

Feb. 13

Tourism, Arts and Culture

March 13

Legislative Advocacy

April 17

Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation

May 15

Media and Communications

June 12

Historic Preservation and Heritage, Final Group Projects

October 2019  

Graduation During the Ohio Conference on Travel