Four Tourism Industry Companies Partner for Success

November 13, 2019, (ST. PAUL, MN) – Four well-respected companies in the destination marketing (DMO) industry partner to better to serve clients with the collaboration and alignment of services.


The consortium provides a suite of services and long-time expertise to similar clients and helps DMO leaders operate more successfully and profitably. The partnership includes; SearchWide Global, CFO by design, Civitas, and Fired Up Culture.


“This collection of companies and their teams have earned universal respect in the DMO sector. We believe that our four companies can collaborate in a way that will allow DMO leaders to focus on what they do best, sell and market,” said Mike Gamble, President and CEO, SearchWide Global.



“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership.  We are honored to work with these companies that we’ve respected for years.  At CFO by design, we’re committed to strengthening DMOs and our industry by supporting executives and their organizations through financial accountability, board excellence and community alignment,” said Julie Hart, President, CFO by design.



“We are thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic team of leaders! Each company brings a degree of skill and talent to this industry that is simply unparalleled. At Civitas, we specialize in igniting local economies, creating jobs, and establishing stable funding for destination promotions and downtown improvements throughout the United States,” said John Lambeth, President & CEO, Civitas.



“We are inspired by this alliance! The level of excellence and specialized expertise each partner brings to the group is a perfect blend for the industry we serve. Fired Up! Culture is focused on elevating the DMO industry through strengthened culture, leadership development and building high-performance teams,” said Chris Ihrig, CEO, Fired Up Culture.



SearchWide Global is a full service executive search firm primarily for companies in Destination Organizations / Hotels & Resorts / Venue Management / Experiential Marketing, Tradeshow & Exhibition / Industry Associations / Sports & Entertainment. Specializing in C-Level and Director level executive searches and founded in 1999, SearchWide Global is headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA and operates worldwide.


CFO by design works with clients to uncover opportunities to strengthen financial and organizational practices and priorities. They provide industry leading solutions to establish a solid operational foundation, exceptional community alignment and to provide accountability to stakeholders while allowing leadership to focus on the core of running the organization.


Civitas specializes in developing long term funding strategies for destination marketing organizations. Civitas is the nation’s leading firm in Tourism Improvement Districts. The Civitas team has helped form over 100 districts throughout the United States and in many cases have doubled or tripled the DMO budget.


Fired Up Culture innovative tools and solutions help companies understand how to care for their team members, foster a culture of excellence, and experience business breakthroughs like never before.











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