Destination Gettysburg announced today that Karl Pietrzak has been appointed as the new President and CEO of the organization. Pietrzak will immediately begin working through the transition with former President and CEO Norris Flowers and assume responsibilities on March 22, 2021. Flowers is retiring after 15 years with Destination Gettysburg and 50 years overall in the tourism business.
Pietrzak comes to Gettysburg with 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He previously served as Vice President of Convention Sales with Visit Pittsburgh for seven years. Prior to holding that position, he served as Senior National Sales Director for four years and Sales Director for three. He also worked at Hilton Pittsburgh, Westin Cincinnati and Westin William Penn hotels in their sales departments.
At Visit Pittsburgh, Pietrzak successfully led sales team to book over 2 million room nights and generate over $1 billion in direct spending revenue in 2012-2019. He also oversaw the rebranding of the meeting and convention division as MeetPITTSBURGH and rolled out the new brand locally and nationally in early 2020.
Pietrzak served on boards and committees for travel industry, business event associations and community service organizations. He earned his Certified Association Sales Executive Certification (CASE) and is a Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME).
Pietrzak lived in Gettysburg as a child before moving west.
Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.
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