For Immediate Release

Wilmington, DE (June 19, 2018)…The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (GWCVB), New Castle County’s only dedicated tourism marketing organization, announced today the election of new officers to its Board of Directors. With a mission dedicated to generating economic growth, the GWCVB focuses on marketing the area’s rich history, diverse culture and world-class gardens to leisure travelers, while cultivating meetings, conventions and group tour opportunities. As a result, the GWCVB assists in generating over $2 billion dollars annually in visitor spending in New Castle County.

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is governed by a board of 27 members, seven appointed by the Governor, seven by the New Castle County Executive, and seven by the Mayor of Wilmington. These 21 elect six additional members. Overall, the GWCVB Board represents a diverse and distinguished cross-section of leaders in tourism, hospitality, business, education and government throughout New Castle County.

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau’s newly elected officers to the Board of Directors include: 

  • Chairman
    Bill Sullivan, Managing Director
    Courtyard by Marriott Newark - University of Delaware
  • 1st Vice Chairman
    Jill MacKenzie, Director Museum and Audience Engagement
    Hagley Museum and Library
  • 2nd Vice Chairman
    Halsey Spruance, Executive Director
    Delaware Museum of Natural History
  • Treasurer
    Brad Wenger, General Manager
    Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
  • Secretary
    John Sarro, Manager, Marketing, Grants & Cultural Programs
    Delaware River & Bay Authority

Sarah Willoughby, Executive Director of the GWCVB says, “I am very grateful for their commitment and dedication to our organization and I look forward to working with each of them to advance the mission of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.”

Photo Link: (To be prepared after we receive headshot from John Sarro.  John has an appointment scheduled on Thursday morning.)


The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community's customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.

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