PITTSBURG — The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the hiring of Devin Gorman as its new executive director.

Gorman has been serving as interim executive director since the beginning of September and has served as vice president of operations for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce since 2013.

“We are pleased to have Devin on board as our new director,” CVB board chairman Dave Goble said in a release. “His experience working in the community and service with the chamber, we feel, will be a real asset to this position.

“We look forward to seeing him expand the role of the CVB to bring events throughout the county and to showcase all that Crawford County has to offer.”

Gorman is taking the place of former Executive Director B.J. Harris, who resigned in August to take a position with the Lawrence CVB — also known as eXplore Lawrence — as the Sports Sales Manager. His resignation was effective Aug. 31.

In his role as executive director — according to the release — Gorman will lead and coordinate the development and marketing of the convention, sports, and tourism industries in the Crawford County region.

Gorman said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he is looking forward to officially taking over on Nov. 1

“I’m moving over exactly one office,” he said. “It’s a pretty easy move.”

He added that tourism has been an economic driver in Crawford County for the last few years.

“The sky is the limit for tourism,” he said.

CVB board vice chairwoman Sheri Stephens echoed Goble’s sentiment.

“On behalf of the CVB, let me say we are thrilled Devin has accepted the position,” Stephens said in the release. “His experience, education, and working knowledge of the role, as well as a fresh, unique perspective to bring as CVB executive director made him the logical choice. We were fortunate to have such worthy candidates to select from.”

Gorman was recognized by the Joplin Regional Business Journal in 2013 as a “Regional Man of Distinction,” and his community involvement includes service as past president of Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, vice-chairperson for Via Christi Villages and service on the board of directors for the Pittsburg Public Library, Kiwanis Club of Pittsburg, and Gorilla Toastmasters. He also serves on the Mosaic Foundation’s national board of directors.

“Tourism in Crawford County is set to have the busiest year on record in 2018, and I am an excited for the opportunity to showcase everything we have to offer,” Gorman said in the release. “During my time with the chamber, I have been an active and visible advocate for our community, and I look forward to continuing those efforts in this new role.”

Gorman and his wife, Misty, reside in Pittsburg and will be welcoming their first child, a boy, in January.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.