Ramer named head of Lexington's promotional bureau


Mary Quinn Ramer has been named president of VisitLEX, Lexington's convention and visitors center, it was announced Wednesday.

Ramer was the unanimous choice of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Tourist and Convention Commission, according to chairman Ron Tritschler. Former president Jim Browder resigned in May after three years on the job.

Ramer will handle oversight of the visitors center, including sales and marketing, and government relations to promote the city and the Bluegrass region to a variety of offices.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected to lead VisitLEX," said Ramer, a Danville native and a 1998 graduate of Centre College. "I am passionate about the tourism product in Lexington and believe our industry is vital to the overall success of the local and state economy. I look forward to further developing our world-class destination while working with elected leaders throughout the state to ensure long-term support of the industry in the commonwealth."

In a statement Tritschler said: "Mary Quinn's knowledge of the tourism industry, our community, and state leaders made her the ideal choice for the role of president. We are confident in her ability to lead as she has garnered numerous accolades for VisitLEX in her previous role."

Ramer joined the VisitLEX staff in 2007 as vice president of tourism marketing, and in 2013, she was promoted to vice president of marketing, expanding her responsibilities to include oversight of marketing efforts for the convention and sales markets. In her tenure at VisitLEX, Ramer has been involved with the rebranding of the organization and the development of a new visitors center in the downtown core.

"Mary Quinn will take VisitLEX to the next level," Mayor Jim Gray said. "She will bring visitors, and through them new business and opportunities, to our city. Thanks ... to the board members, who recognized Mary Quinn's outstanding leadership abilities."