The North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)’s president and chief executive will be stepping down at the end of 2020.
Bob Major has served as the North Little Rock CVB’s president and CEO since 2012 and will be retiring on Dec. 31, 2020. Major was the executive director from 2012 to 2017 and president and CEO from 2018 to 2020.
As the organization’s leader, he oversaw the establishment of Argena’s outdoor dining district, the CVB’s move from Burns Park to downtown North Little Rock, the addition of a retail component to North Little Rock’s welcome center and more.
“The North Little Rock A & P Commissioners would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Bob for his leadership for the past eight years. His dedication and love of working for the City of North Little Rock and our restaurant, hotel and tourism industry is evident in all of the great strides we have made during this time,” A&P Commission chairman Melanie Hoggard said in a statement. “It has been a true pleasure to work with Bob to promote our local businesses in the hospitality industry and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”
Before he was named to the executive director role, Major was the group tours consultant for the CVB. He also served as the special events director for the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce before joining the CVB and had a 30-year sales and marketing career with Southwestern Bell Telephone, serving as the Arkansas sales and marketing manager.
Upon Major’s retirement, Karen Trevino will assume the role of president and CEO. Trevino currently serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the North Little Rock CVB.