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The Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau named Dave Herrell of Jacksonville, Florida, as its new president and CEO Tuesday at a news conference at Modern Woodmen Park.

Herrell has an extensive sports background, having served in management positions in Jacksonville, Phoenix and Nashville, Tennessee.

Among his proudest accomplishments, he said Tuesday, was helping bring the Houston Oilers to Nashville.

Herrell succeeds interim president and CEO Lynn Hunt, who was the vice president of sales for the QCCVB, and Joe Taylor, the longtime CEO and president, who now serves in a similar role in Evansville, Indiana.

Taylor retired in March after serving 20 years as president and CEO of the QCCVB.

Taylor began his duties in Evansville on June 4. Herrell said he plans to reach out to Taylor soon.

Originally from St. Louis, Herrell has a background in destination and brand marketing, administration, operations, strategic planning, business development fundraising, communications and non-profit management.

He will officially begin work on Oct. 8.

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