Bennish Brown

President + CEO
Travel Tacoma + Pierce County

Bennish_BrownBennish has been President and CEO of Travel Tacoma + Pierce County since June 2012.  Travel Tacoma is the official destination marketing organization for Tacoma and Pierce County, recruiting visitors for conventions and leisure travel and creating economic impact through visitor spending.

The top things he loves about his job include educating the local community about the value of tourism and the ripple effect of the visitor economy throughout the county, and informing visitors about the fun and unique things to experience in this Pacific Northwest destination.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Tourism Alliance [WTA], and is immediate past Chair of the Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association (WSDMO). 

A native of South Carolina, Bennish joined the tourism industry in 2000, and served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitor Bureau in Rock Hill, South Carolina. One of his major accomplishments there was leading the CVB to become the first in South Carolina to achieve DMAP accreditation. 

Prior to his career in tourism, Bennish spent nearly 20 years in the communications arena, working in radio, newspaper and public relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a master’s degree in public relations, both from the University of South Carolina.