The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new leader.
Board Chairman Rick Crawford announced Monday that Randy DuTeau signed on as the new executive director.
“It was just a good opportunity,” Crawford said of hiring DuTeau. “We just seemed to have the same goals and ideals. He’s just the kind of person we’re looking for, just seemed to be a perfect fit.”
DuTeau, currently the events and sports development manager for the Augusta Sports Council, replaces Beda Johnson, who resigned in October.
“I knew the opportunity existed and I wanted to jump on it,” DuTeau said.
DuTeau said he’s just finished organizing the fourth annual ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon and will see through the Georgia-lina Bike Summit on Oct. 19-21. But he’s ready to jump into his new position the week of Oct. 22.
After seven years at the sports council, DuTeau said leaving will be sad and that the job was really gratifying.
“Doing something where you’re strictly there to enhance and make the community better, I’m really blessed to be able to do that,” DuTeau said. “To have the opportunity to do that directly in my home, the county where I live, I think it’s such an awesome opportunity.”
Crawford said DuTeau’s experience attracting events, knowledge of the county’s existing facilities and his contacts made him a natural choice for the job.
DuTeau said he plans start by looking into all that the county offers, researching what others see as the vision for the county and acquainting himself with the strategic plans of the CVB as well as the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the county Development Authority. The CVB office recently relocated to be with the chamber and Development Authority in the former health department building at 1000 Business Boulevard.
“The relationship has to be symbiotic,” DuTeau said of working with the county’s other tourism and economic development entities. “Once we all get in sync, we’ll only be limited by our imaginations.”