Tourism Development Authority (Forsyth County)


  • 2 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of each month


Method of Appointment

The members are appointed as follows: four members by the City Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor, four members by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, four members by the Tourism Development Authority, and one member by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Number of Members

Thirteen voting members

Terms of Office

Three years except for initial terms which vary from one to three years

Chief Staff Person

Richard Geiger
President, Visit Winston-Salem
Phone: 336-728-4231

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Vivian H. Burke, TDA Vice-Chair (12/08)
(City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore-
Black FemaleN/AN/A
RaVonda Dalton-Rann
Black Female1October 2019
James Williams
(Less than 100 rooms)
Black Male1October 2021

John Wise - Chair
(Less than 100 rooms)

White Male1October 2019

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Lynette Matthews-Murphy, Vice-Chair
White Female1October 2019
Ricky Shore, Co-ChairWhite Male1October 2016
Rob Hill
(Hotel-Motel over 100 rooms)
White Male1October 2021
Ron Mader
White Male1October 2021
Gloria Whisenhunt
(County Commissioner - Ex-Officio)
White FemaleN/AN/A
Randy Eaddy
Black Male

October 2019

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Joe Potter
White Male1October 2019

Authority for Creation

The authority for establishing the Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority is Chapter 908 of the 1983 Session Laws.

Purpose / Function

The purpose of the Authority is to further the development of travel, tourism, and conventions in the county through state, national, and international advertising and promotion.