Wesley has 5 years Post-Graduate work experience through his internship in tourism with U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, and other small business management duties.
In 2013, Wesley graduated from the University of North Texas and C.A.T.I.E with his Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism Development. During his internship with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Wesley was responsible to plan and implement sustainable initiatives throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Wesley’s experience collaborating closely with local organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to build the capacity of their tourism organization makes him the ideal candidate to head the Pendleton Downtown Association’s Oregon Main Street Program, (OMSP) which is based on the 4-point approach of: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vitality. Membership in OMSP provides grant opportunities for Pendleton; in the first year of eligibility the Rivoli Theater was awarded a $100,000 revitalization grant solely available due to Pendleton’s membership. The Oregon Main Street Program has greatly increased the availability of funds to communities and Wesley will implement plans to submit more grant applications in the immediate future.
Wesley joins a growing force of tourism focused organizations like the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, the Pendleton Enhancement Project, the Pendleton Development Coalition, and the Pendleton Convention Center which are all dedicated to Pendleton’s Economic Revitalization. Wesley says, “I am excited for the opportunity to grow this organization” and “I look forward to working closely with each of you.”
“Wesley’s Masters program in sustainable tourism is exactly the training needed to implement the OMSP program. The PDA wants the efforts we spend today to pay off in dividends tomorrow because it was initially setup to be sustainable” said Angela Thompson, Secretary of the organization. “Pendleton is ready for someone of Wesley’s caliber to continue gaining momentum in our Downtown Association. It is important to highlight the unique challenges Main Street Business faces in today’s economy and Wesley has been trained to avoid obstacles.”