Ocean City names tourism director Virginia consultant to take job in August

July 11, 1996|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Ocean City ended a six-month search for a new tourism director yesterday, announcing that Virginia consultant Michael C. Noah will take the job in August.

Noah, 46, will manage the convention center, which is undergoing a $30 million expansion, and also manage the city's Office of Tourism.

Before establishing his own consulting business in Williamsburg, Noah managed the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., the Superdome in New Orleans and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

"He brings two strong credentials to the job," said City Manager Dennis Dare, who was on the selection committee.

"Given our transition from a smaller facility to a larger facility, he'll bring a lot of varied experience.

"The second thing is marketing -- again, in going from a smaller facility to a more regional draw, we're going to be able to do more and we need to be able to market that."

The Ocean City Convention Center expansion began last fall and is expected to be finished by fall of 1997, Dare said.

The completed center will double in size -- from about 25,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet -- and the town hopes that it will be able to draw bookings from a regional area.

Noah was chosen for the tourism job from a field of 187 applicants, officials said.

The search committee narrowed it to a short list of three, said City Councilman Jim Mathias, before choosing Noah.

The selection committee included Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell, Dr. Len Berger, council member Buck Mann and Ocean City's director of human resources, William E. Spencer.

"He has big challenges facing him with the convention center and its expansion, and the hopes we have for conventions in Ocean City," Mathias said.

"He comes with the full faith and credit of the council -- everybody's pleased," Mathias said.

He and the other council members met Noah earlier this year, and Mathias said his personality seemed to be a good fit for the town's needs.

"We get a lot done in a very relaxed way," Mathias said of Ocean City, and Noah, whom he described as "down to earth," seemed a good fit for the job.

Noah could not be reached yesterday for comment on his new position.

The appointment was ratified in a City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon and announced yesterday.

He will earn $65,000 a year in his new post.

He replaces Bob Rothermel, who resigned as director in February to take a position in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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