Discover Newport's promotional efforts include a year-long advertising campaign directed at leisure travel and business travel markets, targeted sales efforts, public relations strategy, participation in numerous trade shows, and a comprehensive website (DiscoverNewport.org
). Discover Newport is available to aid in planning a meeting or corporate event, to assist travel professionals including media, tour operators, and travel agents, and to provide information to help visitors enjoy the destination. Additionally, Discover Newport operates the 10,000 square feet Newport Visitors Information Center, which offers admission tickets to area attractions & events, maps, brochures, and information, a convenient place to park, and always a hospitable welcome to visitors to the area! Seasonally, May to October, we also operate the Bristol Visitor Information Center.
The mission of Discover Newport is to positively influence the economy of Newport & Bristol County, Rhode Island and its municipalities by marketing the region as a travel and tourism destination.
Discover Newport welcomes the opportunity to work with you! Please refer to the staff directory listed below.
President & CEO
Executive Assistant to the President
ALYSON C. ADKINS, CPA
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Fiduciary responsibilities & Human Resources.
MARY ANN KELLY
Assistant to the Director of Finance.
MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
KATHRYN FARRINGTON, CFEE
Vice President of Marketing
Oversees Marketing/Communication initiatives & Corporate Partnerships.
Marketing Technology Manager
Responsible for website sales and development & travel research.
Marketing Communications Manager
Responsible for all PR & Communication initiatives.
Supports operations of Marketing/Communications Department & Video Production.
J. TIMOTHY WALSH, CMP
Vice President of Sales
Oversees all aspects of Corporate & Group Sales.
Markets: Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Insurance Market & Association Market
Markets: Downtown Boston, Chicago and West, and SMERF
Markets: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West of Boston and Pharmaceutical Groups
Tourism Sales Manager
Markets: Group Tour & Travel.
Sales Logistics Manager
Market: New Business Development. Organizes all sales department events.
Sales Coordinator & Wedding Specialist
Market: Weddings. Supports daily operations of Sales Department.
VISITOR SERVICE / OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT
Vice President Visitor of Operations
Oversees all Visitor Services & the Operations of building and grounds.
Senior Operations Coordinator
Responsible for overseeing all personnel & operations associated with visitor services
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LEN PANAGGIO - Chairperson
New England Restaurant Financial Group
Appointed by Town of Middletown
KAREN OAKLEY - Vice Chairperson
Appointed by the City of Newport
PIETER N. ROOS - Secretary
Newport Restoration Foundation
Blount Small Ship Adventures
Appointed by the Town of Warren
Bristol Workshop in Photography
Appointed by the Town of Bristol
GREGORY F. FATER
Howard Johnson Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott & Hampton Inn
Appointed by the Town of Middletown
Mystic Scenic Studios
Appointed by the Town of Barrington
The Jamestown Press
Appointed by the Town of Jamestown
Appointed by the Town of Little Compton
Appointed by the Town of Tiverton
Middletown Town Council
Appointed by the Town of Middletown
Bristol House B&B
Representing Inns and B&B's
LAURIE Z. STROLL
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Member of the Public
Glen Manor House
Appointed by the Town of Portsmouth