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Mark is the Rhode Island’s State Director of Tourism at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC). He manages the division’s staff, communications, publications, trade events, marketing programs and tourism research.
As RIEDC Hospitality and Tourism sector lead, Mark is the first point of contact for industry development interests. A seasoned professional with 27 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Mark has also worked as Director of Operations for Rhode Island Tourism, Manager of the Rhode Island Welcome Center, and held leadership roles at Paragon Tours and Travel and Suisse Chalet hotels. He also has worked as a consultant for such firms as Travel Access, AAA, Scholastic Tours, and Camera Tours. Mark is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University.
Mark is current Chairman of the Board for Discover New England, a six state cooperative international destination marketing organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and servers on the marketing committee for the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority. He is also a commissioner on the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor Commission and oversees operations at the state’s Welcome Center and the Rhode Island Building at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) in West Springfield, MA, the nation’s fifth largest fair.