Josh Rivers will join Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in Alabama as the director of community development.
Rivers joins the TTS team with 12 years of hospitality, tourism and leadership experience including the past 10 years at the Bryant Conference Center as the assistant director. Rivers will take on the responsibilities of long-time employee Bill Buchanan, who unexpectedly passed away in December.
“Josh’s contributions as a TTS board member along with the working relationship he and TTS has built over time at the Bryant Conference Center will serve him and TTS well in this position moving forward,” said Don Staley, president and chief executive officer of TTS. “While Josh has significantly big shoes to fill with the passing of longtime TTS family member Bill Buchanan, we know that Josh will honor Bill by carrying forward the many projects he was so passionate about,”
Rivers will be charged with developing relationships with local tourism service vendors and stakeholders and serving as an advocate for the organization and the industry.
Rivers held many roles at the Bryant Conference Center including building operations coordinator, conference manager and the assistant director. Previously, Rivers also worked at the Russell House University Union at the University of South Carolina as the operations and events coordinator. Rivers has been on the Board of Directors for TTS since 2018, having most recently served as the board chair.
“I am honored to join the TTS family, and I appreciate the confidence and support of Don and his team,” said Rivers. “I am excited to share the story of our community to our locals as well as our visitors. One can never replace Bill Buchanan, but I hope to create a lasting impact in the special way he did.”