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Chuck Davison
President & CEO

Chuck Davison serves as President & 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, originally increasing the district budget by 400%. 

Chuck’s passion, drive and results-oriented approach has elevated the destination to new heights as a place to live, work, and visit.  Under Chuck’s leadership, the organization has developed and launched the new SLO CAL® brand, expanded into international markets, and grown air service lift by opening five new markets delivering new flights for the first time in 10-years.  Chuck led the effort and brought the seven municipalities and county together to develop SLO CAL’s first countywide destination management strategy, and renewed the district through 2030 with a 50% increase in funding, positioning the organization and destination for success in the years to come.

Chuck brings 29 years of career experience in travel, tourism, hospitality, lodging, management and leadership 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, entertainment and sales team as Vice President.  Chuck went on to become Executive Director of an international non-profit 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 Destinations International along with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for CalTravel, California’s tourism advocacy organization.  Chuck also serves on the board of REACH Central Coast, Cal Poly President’s Council of Advisors Local Economic Development Committee and the Experience Industry Management Advisory Council.  Chuck was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).  He is married to his best friend and the love of his life, Kristin, of 21 years. They have four beautiful daughters, Kylie, Savannah, Samantha and Carissa.  For more information on Chuck Davison please visit his LinkedIn profile.