Governor Eric Holcomb and Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch selected Elaine Bedel as Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created Indiana Destination Development Corporation. Bedel previously served as President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation from 2017-2019. Misty Weisensteiner was also appointed by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch to lead the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in 2019 and will help lead the new organization’s efforts. Misty previously served as the Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. The Indiana Office of Tourism evolved into the new organization on July 1st, creating a seamless experience for our tourism and talent attraction partners.
Indiana Destination Development Corporation Board
IDDC operates as a joint public-private agency, governed by a six-member board appointed by the governor. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch serves as the chair of the board.
Allison Barber (Indianapolis), President and COO of the Indiana Fever, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Matt Eckert (Schnellville), President and CEO of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, will serve through June 30, 2024.
Stephen Ferguson (Bloomington), Chairman of the Board of Cook Group Incorporated, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Dana Huber (Borden), Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, will serve through June 30, 2024.
William Knox (Fishers), Director of Grand Park Sports Campus, will serve through June 30, 2024.
Under state statute, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) President or a designee will serve on the board. Vice President of Communications, Abby Gras will fill that role.
Indiana Destination Development Foundation Board
The Indiana Destination Development Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting organization of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. The Foundation is organized and will be operated exclusively for purposes of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation.
Along with the six IDDC board members, an additional six members will make up IDDC's Foundation Board. The newly appointed board members are:
Shenita Bolton (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Community Schools, K-12 College and Career Readiness Manager, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Bernice Helman (Terre Haute), Co-owner and VP of Coldwell Banker Helman, will serve through June 30, 2024.
Jeff McCabe (Nashville), Chairman of Big Woods, Quaff On! and Hard Truth Hills, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Dana More (Munster), COO of Luke Family of Brands, will serve through June 30, 2024.
Mario Rodriguez (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Judith Thomas (Indianapolis), Independent Consultant on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access and Past Walker Legacy Center President, will serve through June 30, 2024.
For information about upcoming board meetings, click here.