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Speaker Bio-Dan Quandt

DAn Quandt

Dan Quandt, CAE is the vice president of the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.  A 34 year veteran CVB director, Quandt previously served in leadership positions with the South Padre Island, Texas, Lincoln, Nebraska and Grand Forks, North Dakota CVBs.

Dan was born in Fargo, North Dakota and began his hospitality career in 1969 as a bellboy at the Powers Hotel in downtown Fargo.  He received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Dakota.

Dan is a past chairman of the board for the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and has served in a number of capacities, including chair of their legislative and bylaws committees.  He also serves on the Texas Travel Industry Association legislative committee and was a member of the board of directors for six years.  He also served as chair of the TTIA marketing committee.

Quandt served on the board of directors of the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and the IACVB Foundation Board of Trustees, including a year as vice chair.  He was also vice chair of the IACVB White House Conference on Tourism Task Force.

Dan was a White-House appointed delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Tourism and served on the jobs and education national task force in preparation for the event.  Dan was involved in the founding of the National Association of Sports Commissions and served on the initial board of directors for three years.

Quandt has also served and continues to serve on numerous local, state, regional and national boards and committees, including the Tri State Fair and Exposition Board of Directors, headquartered in Amarillo.  He is also a frequent speaker at industry events.

Dan also served as the City of South Padre Island’s Emergency Public Information Officer.  In this role, Dan has represented his community through hundreds of media outlets throughout the world.  Dan is a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service’s Skywarn spotter program.  Dan also has three certifications from the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which is an educational part of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Dan received his status as a certified association executive from the American Society of Association Executives in 1992.  In 2004, Dan became a certified sports event executive from the National Association of Sports Commissions.  Dan is also a certified tourism executive, awarded after graduating from the Travel and Tourism College, sponsored by the Texas Travel Industry Association.  He has also received numerous education certificates from IACVB (now Destination Marketing Association International) and is a Texas Destination Marketer as awarded by the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

Dan is a Rotarian and a member of the Coors Cowboy Club, whose philosophy is “Promote Amarillo – The Cowboy Way.”

In 1997, Dan received the IACVB Chairman’s Award for “exemplary service to IACVB and the industry.”

In 2015, Quandt received the Gene Phillips Hospitality Award from the Texas Travel Counselors for” continuing and enthusiastic support of the Texas Travel Industry reflecting the highest degree of professionalism, dedication and hospitality”.

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