Candidates Narrowed in Search for New President/CEO of Destination Door County

The search for the new president and CEO of Destination Door County (DDC) has been narrowed to seven candidates.

A nationwide search garnered 70 candidates for the position. In early August, the search committee reviewed the candidates and narrowed the list to its top choices. Those candidates will be invited for a round of Zoom interviews with the search committee, followed by in-person interviews for the top candidates in early September. 

The process began May 10, when longtime president and CEO Jack Moneypenny announced his resignation. A DDC task force then began an in-depth self-evaluation of the organization that included interviews with dozens of local stakeholders from all sectors of the tourism industry.

Searchwide Global – an executive recruitment firm for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries – was hired to lead the search with a nine-person local search committee made up of DDC board members and community leaders. 

“This has been an extremely intense and detailed process because we know how important it is to this community that we get this right,” said Todd Trimberger, DDC board chair. “We’re not just looking for someone who can step into the role and continue our current successful marketing efforts, but for someone who can lead us into our next generation as a destination-management organization and marketing organization.”

The committee aims to have a new president and CEO selected by mid-September.