Mark Holbrook became the new Marion Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau director January 18 after nine years as marketing manager at the Ohio History Connection and two years as a tourism development consultant. In his tenure at the Ohio History Connection, Holbrook was responsible for tourism development at the 58 historic sites and museums around Ohio, as well as developing the successful group tour program at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village. Holbrook was a two term board member of the Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio’s Appalachian Country Tourism Association. In his time as a tourism consultant, Holbrook helped several visitors bureaus by creating tourism development plans, strategic marketing plans, and product development plans.
Holbrook is a native Ohioan and earned a Bachelor’s of Communications degree from the Ohio State University. Prior to his time at Ohio History Connection, he spent 20 years in broadcasting, serving as a reporter, anchor and news director. Holbrook is the editor of the book, The Buckeye Vanguard published in 2010, and often contributes to history and tourism magazines and blog sites.
With a passion for both history and tourism, Holbrook says, “I have long known about the history of Marion – from popcorn to President Harding and more. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Marion community. The people here are what make it a special place and I am excited about sharing all the Marion area has to offer to potential visitors.”
We meet in Marion Harding High School’s Community Room.