After conducting a national search, the Visit Sarasota County (VSC) Board of Directors has appointed Erin M. Duggan, CDME as the new President and CEO of VSC effective September 30 when the current President, Virginia J. Haley, CDME retires.
Duggan has been with VSC since 2005, serving first as Public Relations Manager then Brand Director and finally as Vice President since 2016. Over the years, she has developed award-winning marketing and public relations campaigns.
Duggan has been a long-time leader in the local community, serving as President of the Junior League of Sarasota and is the Past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Program. She is a graduate of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Leadership Institute and the Sarasota Chamber’s Leadership Sarasota programs.
Professionally, Duggan has served on the Board of Directors for Destinations Florida, the trade association for all of Florida’s destination tourism organizations, the Board of the Society of American Travel Writers and the VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Council. She was named one of 30 Under 30 by Sarasota Magazine in 2007 and one of 40 under 40 by the Tampa Bay Business Observer in 2016.
Duggan is a graduate of Florida Southern College and holds a Certified Destination Management Executive designation from Destinations International and Purdue University.
Duggan lives in Sarasota and is married to attorney Patrick Duggan and they have two teenage sons.