Main Street Gettysburg’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has named Jill Sellers as its new President. She succeeds the current President of 14 years, Deb Adamik, who will retire later this spring.
“Our Board of Directors is excited to welcome Mrs. Sellers to Main Street Gettysburg” said Board Chair, Timbrel Wallace. “Jill possesses the experience and passion to guide the organization into the future and continue its success in creating a lasting positive impact on our community.”
Mrs. Sellers comes to Main Street Gettysburg with a wide array of experience which positions her well to take on the many roles required of the President of a non-profit that embodies an impactful mission with a small staff. Upon graduation from Middlebury Institute of International Studies with a Master and Bachelor of Arts in International Policy, she worked as an Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and then as a Program Manager for Northrup Grumman. After a move west to Wyoming, Mrs. Sellers founded a public relations company, as well as served as the Board President for the Weston County Hospital and as an Administrator for the County of Weston.
In response to her selection as the next President of Main Street Gettysburg, Mrs. Sellers says, “I am truly honored to have been chosen to lead Main Street Gettysburg. I thrive on public service and being connected to community, so this opportunity is like a calling for me. It’s a dream come true, to live in and to serve Gettysburg. I felt an immediate rapport with the Board and love their energy and readiness for the road ahead. I know we will be a great team to deliver projects that will preserve our history and pave the way to our future.”
Destination Gettysburg announced today that Karl Pietrzak (Peter-zak) has been selected as the new President and CEO of the organization. Pietrzak will immediately begin working through the transition with former President and CEO Norris Flowers. Flowers is retiring after 15 years with Destination Gettysburg and 50 years overall in the tourism industry.
Pietrzak comes to Gettysburg with over 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He previously served as Vice President of Convention Sales with Visit Pittsburgh for seven years. Prior to holding that position, he served Visit Pittsburgh as Senior National Sales Director for four years and Sales Director for three. He also worked at Hilton Pittsburgh, Westin Cincinnati and Westin William Penn hotels in their sales departments.
“Having grown up in Gettysburg and Adams County, the opportunity to lead the tourism promotion efforts in this special destination is a dream come true,” said Pietrzak. “I’m excited to build on the past successes at Destination Gettysburg and partner with the community to lead our tourism industry to new levels of success”.
At Visit Pittsburgh, Pietrzak successfully led sales team to book over 2 million room nights and generate over $1 billion in direct spending revenue in 2012-2019. He also oversaw the rebranding of the meeting and convention division as MeetPITTSBURGH and rolled out the new brand locally and nationally in early 2020.
Pietrzak served on boards and committees for travel industry, business event associations and community service organizations. He earned his Certified Association Sales Executive Certification (CASE) and is a Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME).
“The Board of Directors is excited to have someone with Karl’s experience and knowledge come on board as President/CEO of Destination Gettysburg. We are confident that he will be an asset to our community and the tourism industry in Adams County,” said Rick Beamer, Chairman of the Board.