Elizabeth Fogarty Named Visit Estes Park CEO
Estes Park resident Elizabeth Fogarty has been selected to be the next President & CEO of Visit Estes Park. The decision to hire Fogarty came during Tuesday’s special meeting of the Board of Directors.
“The board is excited to have Elizabeth stepping in to this critical position and look forward to her leadership as we continue in our flood recovery. Her experience, history with our stakeholders and partners, and passion for our community will all play an important part in the future of Visit Estes Park,” said Board Chair Bill Almond.
Fogarty said, “I am thrilled for the community of Estes Park, as we have so many exciting projects on the horizon, including Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100 year anniversary and the new Anschutz Wellness Center breaking ground. It is a privilege and honor to represent Estes Park and grow this destination to new levels. I look forward to working with the community to achieve this.”
Fogarty was selected from a field of more than 50 who originally applied for the position and was one of four candidates who interviewed for the position last week. She has been deeply involved in the community throughout the eight years she has lived in Estes Park.
Her association with Visit Estes Park began six years ago when she was selected to be one of the original board members of the Local Marketing District. In the intervening years, she has served on several committees, including the brand strategy team and selection committees for Visit Estes Park’s year-old website and ad agency. As a member of the board, she created what has become the Association Forum where various associations in town have the ability to share information during quarterly meetings. Fogarty currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Estes Park Economic Development Corp., and is Vice-President of the Estes Area Lodging Association. She also was Project Manager of the Winter Festival, now drawing over 9,000 people in just four short years.
Following the September floods, Fogarty worked closely as a consultant to the Small Business Development Center, helping Estes Park businesses navigate the myriad of programs established for individuals during times of natural disaster.
The last eight years, she was employed as Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Estes Park Condos. A native of New York whose career began with Delaware North Companies, Fogarty came to Colorado in the mid-90s and was employed at several organizations in Colorado Springs, including The Broadmoor Hotel and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Fogarty will become the second director of the organization charged with marketing Estes Park, using revenue derived from a two percent sales tax charge on all short-term lodging stays. She follows Peggy Campbell who is retiring in June.
“We learned a lot through the interview process,” Chair Bill Almond said. “We all knew that Peggy Campbell brought us from a dead stop to 100 miles an hour. Now we’re at a transition point. Elizabeth Fogarty has the passion and the vision we need.”