Aurora area convention bureau looking for new executive director

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 2:00 a.m. CDT

The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is searching for a new executive director.

Chris Hamilton, who had been the bureau’s executive director since August 2011, is no longer with the bureau as of Nov. 6. The bureau serves 10 communities, including Aurora, North Aurora, Batavia and Sugar Grove.

North Aurora Village President Dale Berman, chairman of the bureau’s board of directors, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. An email sent to board members Friday stated that Hamilton was no longer with the bureau, and that a search committee would be named and a firm selected to seek a new executive director.

“We wish Chris success and happiness in the future!” the email stated.

Fox Valley Park District public relations manager Jeff Long, who is on the bureau’s board of directors representing the Fox Valley Park District, said he was shocked when he received the email.

“I don’t think that anyone had an inkling that this was happening,” Long said.

Long said he last spoke to Hamilton in late October.

“He had big plans for the future,” Long said. “He was looking forward to bigger and better things in 2014.”

Long said he thought Hamilton did a good job.

“His energy and enthusiasm were terrific,” Long said. “He recently raised the profile of the Aurora area and made the Aurora area a destination.”