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Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces New President and CEO

PERRY, Georgia— The Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau in Perry, Georgia, has hired Nastasha “Anya” Edgley-Turpin as its new president and CEO.

The board approved Edgley-Turpin’s hiring in February, and her first day in the role was March 1.

“Anya and her family have been a part of the city of Perry for the past four years,” said ​​Mike Baker, chair of the organization. “She brings a wealth of information and experience to the CVB position. She has served in tourism leadership roles in other states, which was a factor in our selection process.”

Edgley-Turpin previously served as special events administrator for the city of Perry. She was an integral part of planning and executing an average of over 40 events annually that reflected the mission of the city’s strategic plan. Another key aspect of the position was the generation of social media content, website development, print marketing and managing media relations pertaining to special events.

Prior to arriving in Perry, Edgley-Turpin was executive director of Grayson County Tourism in Leitchfield, Kentucky.

“The opportunity to serve and represent the Perry community in the tourism industry is extremely exciting for me,” according to Edgley-Turpin. “I look forward to building meaningful relationships with the hoteliers in our area and continuing my current rapport with venues and businesses. Perry has a fantastic infrastructure already in place for tourism that has so many possibilities for the future.”

“The Search Committee spent a tremendous amount of time vetting candidates, their visions for Perry, and their long-term commitment to being a part of a CVB,” Baker stated. “Tourism requires creativity in many aspects, including a keen sense of what works for special events and the general tourist looking for attractions in the area. The president should understand how to identify and promote the relevancy of tourism; have the desire to learn new trends in the industry; have experience in building a brand and re-branding as necessary; and possess communication skills that lend themselves to cultivating teams and partnerships. The Search Committee voted unanimously to select Anya because we believe she has all of these traits and more.”

Other recognitions for Edgley-Turpin include her work to secure three consecutive years of grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts for the Perry International Festival; a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development program led by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia; a 2021 graduate of the Perry Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program; and a 2018 graduate of the Grayson County, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

The Perry CVB retained The Chason Group, a search firm specializing in senior-level executive searches for convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, to lead the process.

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