Foundation Trustee Appointment

Joel Racker, CDME, president & CEO at Explore Utah Valley, was recently appointed as a Trustee-at-Large on the DMA West Education & Research Foundation Board of Trustees. Racker will complete an unexpired term through September 2020.


Foundation Scholarships Available – Save $$$ for Industry Education

The DMA West Education and Research Foundation administers several scholarship programs to fund educational opportunities for DMO CEOs and staff. Scholarship applications are available at www.dmawest.org – click on the Foundation/Scholarships link on the home page.

2020 Tech Summit Scholarships

Plan to be in Tucson for the 2020 Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase, March 25-27. Scholarship criteria and an application are available online. Each scholarship includes conference registration and lodging. Application deadline: February 3, 2020.

Scholarship Information


2019 Education Summit Scholarships Awarded

The DMA West Education & Research Foundation awarded scholarships to two destination marketers to attend the 2019 DMA West Education Summit in Sacramento. Each scholarship included conference registration and lodging. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients.

  • Lydia Bruegge, Marketing Manager, Visit Carson City (NV)
  • Heidi Saucedo, Marketing Manager, Carson Valley Visitors Authority (Gardnerville, NV)

2019_raffleform.jpgWinning Ticket for the Western Road Trip Raffle

Western Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Julie Saupe, president & CEO at Visit Anchorage, bought the winning ticket for the 2019 Western Road Trip Raffle. Saupe, and a guest, will travel to five premier hot springs destinations in western Colorado, which have formed the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop to showcase some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. There is so much variety: from intimate private baths to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. The prize package includes seven nights lodging on the Hot Springs Loop, admittance to the hot springs/pools and $500 spending money. The DMA West Foundation sponsors roundtrip airfare for two and a car rental stipend as part of the prize package. Special thanks to our participating Colorado DMOs and thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets throughout 2019; the proceeds underwrite DMA West Foundation research projects and scholarships. Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Western Road Trip Raffle!