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

Cultural Heritage Tourism Consultant Specializing in Sustainable Tourism Development, Planning, Management & Marketing Rita Robinette has a diverse background in market research, strategic planning, product development, and marketing. She specializes in helping communities PROTECT, CONNECT and PROMOTE their Cultural Heritage Resources. During her career, Rita has provided professional consulting, market research, and technical services to tourism destination organizations, Main Street associations, non-profits, tourism-related small businesses, and government entities. She has extensive experience in the development of feasibility studies, marketing plans, websites, and mobile applications and in the design of both print and digital online promotional materials. Specialties: Cultural Heritage Tourism Assessment with Recommendations  – Perform a preliminary tourism assessment of ... [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]