President and CEO

Chuck Davison serves as president and CEO of Visit SLO CAL, a role he eagerly accepted in April of 2015. Chuck led the research, groundwork, approval and implementation process for San Luis Obispo County’s first countywide Tourism Marketing District, which was established in 2015, increasing the district budget by 400 percent.

Chuck’s passion, drive and results-oriented approach has steered several key initiatives in the first three years of Visit SLO CAL’s Tourism Marketing District. Under Chuck’s leadership, the organization has developed and launched a new brand, expanded into international markets and increased air service development with the addition of new regional flights for the first time in 10 years, and launched SLO CAL’s first countywide destination development planning process, positioning the organization for success in the years to come.

Chuck brings 25 years of career experience in travel, tourism, hospitality, lodging and management expertise to San Luis Obispo County. He began his career working in the lodging and gaming industry in Las Vegas, ultimately managing a national marketing and sales team as vice president. Chuck went on to become executive director of an international nonprofit organization before accepting a position as vice president and general manager at Expedia, Inc. where he led a national team on the opening of the new "Local Expert" division across North America. He moved to San Luis Obispo County in 2012.

Chuck currently sits on the board of directors for the Central Coast Economic Forecast, chairs the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corporation’s (EVC) Uniquely SLO County Cluster and sits on the board of directors of the EVC. Chuck also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for CalTravel, California’s tourism advocacy organization, along with serving on the Cal Poly President’s Council of Advisors Local Economic Development Committee. Chuck was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is married to the love of his life, Kristin, of 18 years. They have four beautiful daughters, Kylie, Savannah, Samantha and Carissa. 

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