Cheryl Hargrove

Cheryl Hargrove is President of HTC Partners, the consulting division of Hargrove International, Inc. With an emphasis on arts, culture and heritage tourism, Cheryl has worked with a diverse collection of clients over the last three decades. Cheryl utilizes her international network and broad industry experience to offer clients added value and access. A native Georgian, Cheryl has consulted on cultural heritage tourism projects in all 50 states and more than 10 countries. A recent contractor as Associate Director for National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, Cheryl is perhaps best known as the first Director of Heritage Tourism for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She developed the key steps and principles for sustainable tourism focusing on history and culture and produced the publication Getting Started: How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism and ... [Read More]

John Bauser

John Bauser brings 30 years of executive management, fundraising, board development, and planning experience in the nonprofit sector to his work with Hargrove International, Inc. His consulting assignments have included board development, fundraising and strategic planning work for organizations as varied as the Trust for the National Mall, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg (South Africa), New York City’s iconic 92nd Street Y, Washington DC’s Tony Award-winning Arena Stage, the Churchill Centre and Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms in London, The Phillips Collection, and the Brooklyn (NY) Conservatory of Music. John currently serves as Executive Director of the Glynn Visual Art Association, the visual arts organization representing Georgia's Golden Isles and port city of Brunswick. He has served in a variety of roles with local and state arts councils, including ... [Read More]

Rita Robinette

Rita Robinette brings a unique perspective to the team with a diverse background in market research, strategic planning, product development and marketing. As an information architect, Rita also supports the development of creative concepts by defining best practices for organization, management, and navigation of cultural heritage tourism information to bring it to the digital landscape.  Her firm,  Foresite Consulting, LLC, developed an online cultural heritage inventory management system that includes a series of web-based tools to help communities PRESERVE, MANAGE and PROMOTE their Natural, Cultural, and Historical Resources. She previously served as Director of Technology and Product Development for a regional economic development organization where she co-designed and managed an award-winning regional Internet portal presenting tourism resources in a 23-county region. During her ... [Read More]

Carol Truppi, AICP, LEED AP, CCTP

Carol Truppi brings extensive rural, regional and urban planning and design experience with a unique perspective involving nature and culinary tourism, visual assessment and scenery management, landscape architecture and sustainable land use development. She focuses on creating attractive, healthy and sustainable places for people to live, work and play. Truppi Consulting, LLC., is a certified MBE/DBE firm specializing in making places, make sense by integrating people, the environment, site characteristics and economic factors to strategize, visualize and plan for places, communities and regions. At the forefront of her philosophy is the pursuit of balancing the development, revitalization and preservation of places, parks, communities and regions. Her work in land use, tourism assets and services, and multimodal transportation facilities engages people and communities in a creative ... [Read More]

Berkeley Young

As president of Young Strategies, Inc., Berkeley excels at all types of market research and strategic planning for tourism destinations large and small. With 20+ years of experience, Berkeley has worked with more than 100 destinations in 26 states and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. Young Strategies and HTC Partners recently collaborated on a project for Natchez, Mississippi with research demonstrating the potential for this historic city to grow its heritage tourism. Previous collaborations for Cheryl Hargrove and Berkeley Young include work in Oxford, Mississippi and Henry County, Illinois. ... [Read More]

Scott Wayne

Scott Wayne, M.S., is the President of SW Associates, an international consulting practice focused on sustainable development through tourism for both public and private sector clients and organizations. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry with a focus on international sustainable tourism development and investment. His practice specializes in strategic planning, international marketing and policy-making. He has advised public and private sector clients in more than 25 countries. Some of his most recent projects include: World Bank sustainable tourism development and investment assignments in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Lebanon, Zambia, and Romania; tourism investment in St Lucia, Grenada, the Western Balkans, market feasibility projects to determine product mix for major resort development in China. SW Associates is currently a sub-contractor on USAID ... [Read More]

Sheri Stanford

Sheri Stanford is a 20-year tourism industry veteran who possesses a range of experience in travel planning, consulting, and research. The foundation of her expertise is in creating, coordinating, and escorting domestic and international tours. Her hands-on work in tourism planning and research honed an astute apprehension of every aspect of visitor experience, especially quality and standards in hospitality and tourism services. Her projects include conceptualizing and developing travel and study abroad programs and curricula for academic institutions; creating tours for various affinity groups; and designing travel fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Her tourism consulting work includes clients such as the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Belize Tourism Board, for which she advised on creating strategies to increase tourist and economic impact in ... [Read More]

Becky Anderson

Becky Anderson of Becky Anderson Consulting, Inc. serves as a consultant for cultural and economic development projects related to the Creative Economy. Most recently she served as Founding Director of HandMade in America, a community development organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. HandMade in America works to implement environmentally sustainable economic solutions that emphasize the craft industry, enhance opportunities in the marketplace, and develop entrepreneurial strategies for the region’s artisans. HandMade was the recipient of The Economic Development Planning Award of The American Planning Association, The Award of Merit for Sustainable Development from Renew America, Inc. The Best Community Outreach Award from Niche Magazine and, in 2003, Worth Magazine ranked HandMade as one of the “Top 24 Arts Non-Profits in The United States.” Prior to her founding of ... [Read More]