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Bob Major, president and CEO of the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, will retire on Dec. 31. Senior Vice President and COO Karen Trevino will succeed him.
“He has always encouraged his staff to work hard, think outside the box and treat everyone with respect. That kind of positive influence will have a lasting impact,” Trevino said in a news release.
Major served as executive director from 2012-17 and has been president and CEO since 2018. Before that, he was a group tours consultant at the NLRCVB.
During his tenure, the organization’s name and staff titles were changed to align with other CVBs nationwide, and its offices moved from Burns Park to downtown North Little Rock.
Major worked with city and industry partners to establish an outdoor dining district in Argenta, bring the tugboat USS Hoga to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and install landmarks in Burns Park for wayfinding and safety. It also conducted in-depth market research, rebranded itself and revamped its website.
Major spent 30 years in marketing with Southwestern Bell Telephone, now AT&T. He was the Arkansas sales and marketing manager there.
Major also served as president of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and was named to the Central Arkansas Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame. In 2018, the Arkansas Chapter of Skal International gave him the J. Dan Baker Award.