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Ridgeland Tourism welcomes new executive director

Chris Chapman

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission has selected Chris R. Chapman as its new executive director, replacing Mary Beth Wilkerson, who retired in June.

Chapman has over 30 years experience in the travel and tourism industry of Mississippi, incling being a bureau manager for Visit Mississippi (the state’s tourism office). She holds a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) through the Convention Industry Council, serves on the Mississippi Tourism Association board and holds a certification in Convention Marketing through the International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus. Most recently, she was president of Chapman Meeting Professionals, LLC, which specializes in consulting on all phases of meeting and event planning, as well as meeting market sales development and destination management goals.


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