Kim Bumpas is a national and regional leader with strong hospitality experience and nearly two decades of experience in senior management, sales and marketing. A community leader and volunteer, Bumpas serves as a tourism leader for East Tennessee and the Knoxville community.
Within Visit Knoxville, Bumpas is focused on promoting Knoxville as a travel destination for leisure travelers and conventions. Bumpas serves as a liaison for Visit Knoxville with the Knoxville Convention Center (KCC), City of Knoxville (COK), Knox County and Knoxville venues/properties. Her teams within Visit Knoxville solicit conventions for Knoxville, secure all marketing placement for the City/County of Knoxville and then service the conventions upon entering Knoxville to make sure the experience lives up to what is sold.
Bumpas is a 1994 graduate from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a degree in Marketing. Her hospitality career began in college at the Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff. Upon graduation, she transitioned into operations and sales with the Holiday Inn Select Downtown and the Hyatt Knoxville (now the Knoxville Marriott) before moving to the next level of destination sales. Employed by the Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Visit Knoxville) since 2001, she has advanced from Sales Manager to Director of Sales to Vice President of Sales to Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and is currently President.
Bumpas’ nearly 20 years of experience in hotels, venues and destination marketing earned her the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Classification, which she attained in 2003. In 2008, Bumpas spearheaded Visit Knoxville’s accreditation with the Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) – Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). In 2011, Bumpas completed DMAI’s elite certification of Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME). This distinction is awarded based on coursework completed at the national level over a period of three years. Bumpas is one of only two candidates in the state of Tennessee to achieve this honor.
Bumpas’ appointments and awards include: East Tennessee Meeting Professional (ETMP) – Supplier of the Year; 40 under Forty – Class of 2008; Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TSAE) – Board Member; East Tennessee Meeting Professionals (ETMP) – Secretary; Tennessee Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) – Board Member and 2014 Chair; Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Speaker and Education Committee Member; EWA (Executive Women’s Association); Rotary Club of Knoxville; University of Tennessee Chancellors Associates Program; Introduction Knoxville – Class of 2010; Leadership Knoxville – Class of 2012; East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association – Class of 2015; Tennessee Tourism Committee; Ijams Board Member and FYE16 Chair and other various committees.