Outgoing Chairman Carl Lum, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, presided over his final event, passing the gavel to 2015-2016 Chairman Leigh Houghland, of Chesapeake Bank.
The Alliance's other officers for the coming year are: Vice Chairman Kevin Jones, president of King's Creek Plantation, Treasurer Adam Steely, co-owner of Blue Talon Bistro, Lum as immediate past chairman and Alliance President Karen Riordan.
Busch Gardens president Carl Lum, who knew about the defections before the names were officially announced in an email Sunday, said he thought it was due to the "divisive" nature of the Hotel Association."We're all trying to come together to pull in one direction for the good of the entire destination," said Lum, who chairs the Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee.
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