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Andy, I’d like to introduce you to Roswell.

And Roswell, this is Andy Williams. Visit Roswell selects Andy Williams to be Executive Director, officically replacing retired executive director Dotty Etris on January 1, 2019. Join us in welcoming Andy and his family to Roswell. By Regina Barkley

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VISIT ROSWELL (Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau) incorporates targeted advertising and marketing programs with aggressive sales and public relations efforts to ensure an image of Roswell as a destination and provides leadership for the tourism & hospitality industry here. Starting 2019 off with a brand new leader, the organization continues to focus on maximizing the economic impact gained from tourism.

Each year, visitors to Roswell make an impact on the lives of small business owners and their employees by staying overnight in our hotels, dining in our restaurants, shopping in our galleries and boutiques, reading our local magazines and enjoying our breweries, bars and live music venues. We welcome every single one of them with our signature modern spirit and southern soul, sure to let them know we’d love to see them again. Before he formally became executive director on Jan. 1, we sat down with Andy Williams to find out who he is. As much affection as we have for (now retired) executive director Dotty Etris, we were a little skeptical to meet this person who will be taking her place, without our permission (lol). After about thirty seconds, it was clear to us the executive search team had made an excellent pick. The rapport between he and Dotty was authentic, trustworthy and conveyed a shared enthusiasm for what’s next; so much so that we couldn’t help but be swept up in their joint Roswell ‘pitch’ ourselves. With so many great things on the horizon for Roswell, we found it fascinating to be able to observe the smooth changing of the guard first-hand. It appears to us this move is more of a ‘passing of the baton’ than a brand new start, as it feels as if Andy and his wife Ryan have been part of this community for years already.

Andy Williams and his wife Ryan attend the Greater North Fulton Chamber’s Gala at Hotel at Avalon, Jan. 12. 72 | Restaurant Issue

That’s a testament to Roswell hospitality - unique in its own right - but also to Andy and Ryan’s authentic presentations and likability. They fit right in and are already calling Roswell home, while they house hunt for a place to plant their roots. Ryan and Andy have two children, ages two years and three months, and are quite a team. We have already seen them out enjoying a date night at Monkey 68, Table & Main and Deep Roots Wine Market.

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