Mike Testa has been appointed president and CEO of Visit Sacramento, effective July 1, following a nationwide search that began in February. Testa currently serves as the organization’s chief operating officer.

“Over the past decade Visit Sacramento has achieved record bookings in convention and sports events and recognition as America’s farm-to-fork capital,” said Brian Larson, Visit Sacramento board chair and principal of Halo Hospitality. “Mike Testa possesses the vision, skills and passion to build on these accomplishments.”

Testa started at Visit Sacramento in 2001, first as director of public relations. Prior to that, Testa worked for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership directing its public relations and marketing activities.

“I am very excited about working with the board and our business, sports, and hospitality industry partners and customers, as well as stakeholder groups and our civic leaders, to guide our organization into the future,” said Testa. “I am honored to help lead our region’s efforts to leverage Sacramento’s many great assets to make our region more competitive as a visitor destination.”

Testa succeeds Steve Hammond, who is retiring after having served as Visit Sacramento’s president and CEO since 1999.