Bob Doak has spent more than 30 years working in the hospitality and tourism industry. Because of his vast experience, he was named President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2002.
As the CVB head, Doak directs the efforts of the $7 million organization that focuses on increasing the economic impact to Hamilton County by marketing the area to potential tourists, meeting planners and sporting-event organizers. Tourism spending exceeds $1 billion dollars per year, making it one of the largest business sectors in Chattanooga. The economic impact of tourism has nearly doubled during Doak’s eleven-year tenure at the CVB.
Since Doak started at the CVB, he has made outstanding contributions to the tourism industry. He worked hand-in-hand with Hamilton County, City of the Chattanooga, and the community in developing the 21st Century Waterfront Plan, a $120 revitalization of the downtown riverfront; worked through political channels to get 100% of the county hotel/motel tax to fund the CVB (in turn, they were able to expand their marketing efforts throughout North America and internationally); streamlined the marketing & sales efforts between the CVB and the Convention Center and merged the Chattanooga CVB with the Chattanooga Sports Committee to better promote Chattanooga as a destination for sporting events.
As a leader in the community, Doak serves as a board member for numerous civic organizations including ArtsBuild of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Hospitality Association, Chattanooga Sports Committee, Thrive 2055 and the UTC Chancellor’s Roundtable. Doak is a member of multiple organizations including the U .S. Travel Association and the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club.
Doak was appointed to the Tennessee Tourism Committee by Governor Bill Haslam in 2011, and currently serves as the chair of a major sub-committee. The committee’s primary goal is to make greater investments in marketing tourism throughout the state of Tennessee.
Prior to the CVB, Doak worked with former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey and served as General Manager of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Doak grew up in Lakeland, Florida and is a graduate of Florida State University-College of Business. He has been a resident of Chattanooga for more than 30 years and has been happily married to Darlene for 26 of them.
About the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tourism has an economic impact of nearly $1 billion employing more than 8,500 full-time individuals. The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit; Hamilton County funded organization, formed to strengthen the area economy through the marketing and promotion of the Chattanooga area as a year-round destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events and leisure travel. For more information, call 800.322.3344 or visit www.ChattanoogaFun.com