Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy

Sponsored By:

Osg Partner Lockup K


Welcome OTLA Class of 2018!  

Matt Robertson AAA
Sara Park Ashtabula County CVB
Meghan Rodriguez Athens County CVB
Cathryn Stanley Belmont County Tourism Council, Inc.
Elizabeth Robinson Cincinnati USA CVB
Jeffrey R. Blom Clermont County CVB
Kelly Florian Coshocton CVB
Kirstie Mack Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau
Eric Embacher Destination Cleveland
Allison Humes Dublin CVB
Marie Medford Experience Columbus
Jonathan Eyman Fun Bus Adventures
Jason Brill Great Lakes Publishing
Jeni Bertke Greater Grand Lake Region
James B. Martin  Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Pam Miller Indian Lake Area Chamber/CVB
Scott Dockus Lake County Visitors Bureau
Amanda Smith Rasnick Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Jennifer Yochem Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Jamie Glavic National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Tonya Prater Travel Inspired Living
Allison Rowe Visit Canton
Danielle Wilkin Visit Findlay
Dany Adams Visit Grove City
Bobbi Taylor Xanterra Parks & Resorts

The Application Process is Now Closed for the 2018 OTLA
Please Reach Out to Chad Duplain at
cduplain@ohiotravel.org with Any Questions

Program Details: 

The Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy builds leaders by building knowledge, developing leadership skills, strengthening networks, and informing participants about the responsibilities of boardmanship. The program consists of six classes with session locations taking place in the Greater Columbus area. Each session begins at 10 am and concludes at 3 pm.

The Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy meets monthly, January through June, to learn about opportunities and challenges of Ohio's travel industry. Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, CVBs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, restaurants, hotels and more. 

During the sessions, you are introduced to critical regional and statewide travel issues. Meet and discuss issues with leaders from statewide public, private and non-profit-related agencies. Through panel discussions, roundtables, presentations, tours and more, the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy builds a stronger Ohio by building stronger leaders.

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2018 Schedule

Jan. 24, 2018

Leadership and the Economy


Feb. 28, 2018

Tourism, Arts and Culture


March 28, 2018

Legislative Advocacy


April 25, 2018

Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation


May 23, 2018

Media and Communications


June 20, 2018

Historic Preservation and Heritage, Final Group Projects


Sept. 2018

Graduation During the Ohio Conference on Travel