Dave Krupinski

Dave Krupinski

Dave Krupinski

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Show Date: July 18th, 2018

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Dave Krupinski
Chief Operating Officer
Visit San Antonio

 

For more than 24 years, Dave Krupinski has been an impact player in the Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotel and transportation industries. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Visit San Antonio, he helps oversee a tourism landscape that welcomes 34 million visitors annually. In San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the country, Dave assists in overseeing the sales, service and marketing of a $14 billion hospitality industry.

His versatility and deep passion for what he does includes proactive roles with the U.S. Travel Association, National Tour Association, American Bus Association and Student Youth Travel Association, along with several civic engagements in San Antonio.

Under Dave’s watch over the past three years, San Antonio has been celebrated in headline publications such as Forbes, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Conde Nast, New York Times and Lonely Planet as one of the nation’s most desirable travel destinations. The city values its visitors: One out of every eight San Antonions is employed in the travel and hospitality sector.

Dave oversaw the CVB’s efforts to join San Antonio partners in the successful 2015 bid for World Heritage Site status for its historic Spanish colonial missions, including the Alamo, and has complemented the city’s ongoing and aggressive efforts to evolve its air service. He has been a spearhead in the expansion of co-op marketing and direct-to-consumer campaigns with valued hospitality partners and in the successful transition of moving the San Antonio CVB from a municipal entity to Visit San Antonio a public-private nonprofit.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Dave served as the Vice President of Tourism for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he was responsible for cultural tourism, special event and attractions development, international strategic plans, air service development and partnership development opportunities.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Toledo, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Individual Studies, Hotel/Restaurant Administration.

Dave and his wife, Karen, are parents to son Zachary, a businessman in San Antonio. In his spare time, Dave and his family enjoy whitewater rafting excursions and traveling to unique destinations around the country.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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