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Visit SLO CAL

The Visit SLO CAL Team

About Us

Visit SLO CAL is the non-profit countywide destination marketing and management organization for SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County, CA). Through marketing, advertising, public relations, group sales, promotions, events and sponsorship, our goal is to brand SLO CAL as a choice destination for regional, national and international travelers, promoting the region in feeder markets throughout the world.

Visit SLO CAL partners closely with tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, activities, golf courses and retail stores to create a unified marketing approach that fosters growth and creates life-long ambassadors for travel in San Luis Obispo County.

Our Vision | A vibrant and prosperous San Luis Obispo County, fueled by a collaborative and flourishing tourism industry.

Our Mission | Inspire travel and foster our unique experiences to create life-long ambassadors and economic growth for San Luis Obispo County.

 

CORE VALUES

Future Focused | Delivering today with an eye on tomorrow 

Collaboration | Our partnerships inform and support economic success

Drive | We bring enthusiasm to our initiatives and a focus on results

Stewardship | We are mindful of our resources and the SLO County brand

 

STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2020

To view our multi-year strategic plan, click here.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Clint Pearce, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo (—June 2022) • Chair
Mark Eads, SeaVenture Beach Hotel, Pismo Beach (—June 2022) • Vice Chair
Hemant Patel, Comfort Inn Downtown, Morro Bay (—June 2020)
Aaron Graves, The Rigdon House, Cambria (—June 2020) • Treasurer
Jay Jamison, Pismo Coast Village, Pismo Beach (—June 2022) • Past President
Alma Ayon, Sundance Bed & Breakfast (—June 2021)
Jedidiah Bickel, SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel (—June 2021)
Kathleen Bonelli, Paso Robles Vacation Rentals (—June 2022)
Jim Hamilton, County At-Large Appointee (—June 2020)
Sam Miller, Holiday Inn Express, Grover Beach (—June 2021)
Nipool Patel, Lamplighter Inn & Suites, San Luis Obispo (—June 2020)
Amar Sohi, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Atascadero (—June 2020)
Toni LeGras, Beachside Rentals, Unincorporated SLO County (—June 2022)
Victor Popp, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Paso Robles  (—June 2022)

Open Seat, Arroyo Grande Appointed Lodging Seat (—June 2021)

OUR STAFF

Chuck Davison, President & CEO Chuck@SLOCAL.com

Brooke Burnham, Vice President of Marketing Brooke@SLOCAL.com

Michael Wambolt, Director of Travel Trade Michael@SLOCAL.com

Derek Kirk, Director of Community Engagement & Advocacy Derek@SLOCAL.com

Brendan Pringle, Director of Operations Brendan@SLOCAL.com

Jordan Carson, Marketing & Brand Manager Jordan@SLOCAL.com

Haley Cahill, Marketing Coordinator HaleyC@SLOCAL.com

Kim Caldwell, Digital Marketing Coordinator Kim@SLOCAL.com

Destination Marketing Accreditation Program Logo

Visit SLO CAL is DMAP accredited by Destinations International, this seal serves as a visible industry distinction that defines quality and performance standards in destination marketing and management. 

MARKETING COMMITTEE

Audrey Arellano, Cambria Inns
Ashlee Akers, Verdin
Jim Allen, Hearst Castle
Terrie Banish, City of Atascadero
Jocelyn Brennan, South County Chambers of Commerce
Molly Cano, City of San Luis Obispo
Cheryl Cuming, Unincorporated County Business Improvement District (CBID)
Janine Dion, Boutique Hotel Collection
Gordon Jackson, Pismo Beach CVB
Lori Keller, Blu Hotel Management 
Jennifer Little, City of Morro Bay
Joel Peterson, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
Lindsey Roberts, Martin Resorts
John Sorgenfrei, TJA Advertising
Anne Steinhauer, SLO Wine Country Association
Danna Stroud, Travel Paso
Jill Tweedie, Breakaway Tours & Event Planning

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer, County of San Luis Obispo
Lynn Compton, Supervisor, County of San Luis Obispo
Jim Bergman, City Manager, City of Arroyo Grande 
Lan George, Councilmember, City of Arroyo Grande
Rachelle Rickard, City Manager, City of Atascadero
Heather Newsom, Councilmember, City of Atascadero
Matthew Bronson, City Manager, City of Grover Beach
Mariam Shah, Councilmember, Grover Beach
Scott Collins, City Manager, City of Morro Bay
Red Davis, Councilmember, City of Morro Bay
Thomas Frutchey, City Manager, City of Paso Robles
Steve Martin, Mayor, City of Paso Robles
Jim Lewis, City Manager, City of Pismo Beach
Erik Howell, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Pismo Beach
Derek Johnson, City Manager, City of San Luis Obispo
[Open Seat, City of San Luis Obispo]

 

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Our Brand

Welcome to SLO CAL, where life's too beautiful to rush®

In 2017, VSC launched the first-ever countywide destination brand, SLO CAL. SLO CAL represents and unites the entire county through a new logo, trademarked slogan, brand promise, iconic still images and engaging video, which are incorporated throughout VSC’s marketing efforts, including advertising, public relations, social media, the new SLOCAL.com website, promotional videos and email marketing.

SLO CAL establishes a geographical location for the county while at the same time representing its unique pace of life and personality. The new brand evokes feelings of relaxation and the freedom to experience life at your own pace — the SLO CAL way of life.

THE RESEARCH

In 2016, VSC conducted multiple research studies to inform the branding process including a feeder market awareness study (FMS) and a share of wallet study (SOWS) and demographic study, surveying over 2,200 consumers to gauge the awareness and perception of San Luis Obispo County as a tourism destination.

AWARENESS & PERCEPTION

Through these studies, VSC found that the majority of consumers surveyed did not know much, if anything, about San Luis Obispo County or what the county offers to travelers. When compared to competitors with similar attributes, San Luis Obispo County was perceived as not having any advantage over them and lacking in other desired attributes.

COLLABORATION & ASSESSMENT

To overcome the lack of awareness and to capitalize on positive attributes, the consumer research was presented to BCF, VSC’s agency of record, to craft a brand that would emotionally resonate with consumers. VSC invited over 900 county stakeholders to interviews and meetings, and used the feedback, in combination with that of the Marketing Committee, Board of Directors, staff and agency to develop brand concepts.

These brand concepts were then shared and tested, both locally and in our key markets, to ensure the final brand and logo accurately represented our destination and effectively engaged potential travelers.

BRAND DELIVERY

On January 23rd, 2017, the new SLO CAL brand and corresponding “Life’s Too Beautiful to Rush®” (LTBTR) campaign was launched with digital banners, social media, native and video communications in our key target markets of Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.

MOVING FORWARD

Our marketing strategy will continue to focus on expanding the brand presence for SLO CAL; growing awareness of the SLO CAL brand and destination; developing a stronger and deeper engagement with visitors and driving demand for visitation to the county. In February 2018, VSC launched the brand new SLOCAL.com which embodies the SLO CAL brand through more a more robust user experience, all new content and video, imagery.

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