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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 09, 2012

The Metropolitan Tucson (Ariz.) Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen Brent DeRaad as its new president/CEO. He replaces Jonathan Walker, who announced his retirement last September after 18 years with the bureau. DeRaad most recently served as executive vice president of the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, where previous roles included vice president of marketing and vice president of corporate communications. Earlier in his career, he was director of communications with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. DeRaad will begin his duties in mid-April. "The Board of Directors and members of the search committee reviewed numerous talented candidates during this process. Brent's broad range of experience within the tourism industry, especially in Arizona, catapulted him to the top choice for the position," said Lynn Ericksen, MTCVB board chair. "He is the right guy, in this economic climate, to continue the momentum and maximize the power of the MTCVB."