SPRINGFIELD — The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) elected Anthony Frasco to succeed Michael Hurwitz as chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
Frasco, who serves as the vice president of Sales & Marketing for Chicopee-based Williams Distributing Co. Inc., was formally installed at the bureau’s annual meeting on Nov. 2. Also elected to seats on the agency’s board were Alex Dixon from MGM Springfield and Sandra Sheehan from PVTA. David Griffin Jr. of Dowd Insurance will complete a one-year term remaining on the seat previously held by Robert Gilbert Jr., also from Dowd.
“Our annual meeting is one of the top highlights of the bureau’s calendar,” said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra. “It was wonderful that so many of our members turned out to thank our outgoing board chair, Michael Hurwitz, for his five years of dedicated service. He helped to steer our organization with confidence and vision through budgetary uncertainty and a recovering regional economy.”
Frasco said he is “deeply honored to take the reins from Michael Hurwitz, who so ably led the bureau for so long. I’ve got some very, very big shoes to fill, and I’ll be counting on the GSCVB staff and the rest of the board to help us build on the great momentum we’re seeing. We’ve got a great, new brand and wider visibility than ever. With the arrival of MGM Springfield and so many new or upgraded attractions and hotels, our tourism landscape is changing profoundly, and for the better.”
Hurwitz offered his thoughts on Frasco, noting that “Anthony is absolutely the right person at the right time to lead the GSCVB into its next era. Now more than ever, we want to market and promote Western Mass. in a big way, and he’s got the skill and energy to make that push happen.”
Added Wydra, “we have an incredible story to tell about our region, and Anthony is a great fit, bringing outstanding marketing talent to our organization. Tourism is an increasingly important economic driver, sustaining businesses, supporting jobs, and generating tax revenues. Our staff is delighted to have the opportunity to work with him on many new projects and initiatives.”