TUPELO – Neal McCoy, previously the sports development director for the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been promoted to No. 2 in the bureau’s pecking order.
Linda Johnson remains the executive director of the CVB and the chairwoman of the board for the city’s tourism and marketing arm. She said McCoy’s new position of deputy director was created in November in order to “help Neal and the bureau grow.”
“We have not had that position here before,” Johnson said. “We’ve talked about it for a number of years. We thought it was an appropriate time.”
The new title also helps position the CVB for a future succession plan. Johnson has been the executive director for 12 years. She said she will “eventually retire” but has plans to “be here for some time.”
McCoy started at the Tupelo CVB in 2004, after working as the assistant director of the parks and recreation department in Ridgeland. Earlier this year, the Southeast Tourism Society selected McCoy for its rising star award, a coveted honor in the 1,000-member organization that covers 12 states.
In his new job as deputy director, McCoy will work with all CVB staff members and their niche markets of film, travel writing, motorcoaches, conventions and sports.
He also will be assisting Johnson with administrative tasks and filling in for the executive director at meetings, trade shows and tourism events.
The CVB has been conducting a local, state and national search to fill the empty sports slot. McCoy said he hopes to have someone in the position by Jan. 4.
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