Topeka, KS July 18, 2018–  Brett Oetting, President of Visit Topeka and Executive Vice President of the Greater Topeka Partnership has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME), the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.

“We’re very proud of the work Brett put in to earning this certification,” said Matt Pivarnik, President & CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “We always knew he was an innovative and creative leader and this certification validates that knowledge.”

“Brett is a proven leader and supporter of our community,” said Michelle De La Isla, Mayor of Topeka. “I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing things he will do next, now that he holds the CDME. I know he will continue to bring positive changes to Topeka.”

The CDME program is the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry and is the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement.

“As Chair of the Board of Directors for Visit Topeka I’d like to congratulate Brett for earning the Certified Destination Management Executive,” said Rodger Fry. “He is leading by doing, and that puts Visit Topeka on an exciting path of success.”

The program is designed to better prepare senior destination organization executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.

“The fact that Brett has earned the highest educational achievement in the industry speaks volumes,” said Christy Classi, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for Visit Topeka. “He is dedicated to our position and the betterment of his community.”

“Congratulations to those who have earned their CDME credential - the tourism industry's highest individual achievement." said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “These leaders are now equipped with the knowledge needed to adapt and manage the increasing change and competition facing our industry.”

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