Duane Parrish heads South Carolinas largest industry tourism.
After being tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley and confirmed by the state Senate in February, the Mount Pleasant resident oversees the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
A 35-year veteran of the tourism industry he said he started working for a hotel at 15 Parrish, 51, is the former chairman of the S.C. Hospitality Association and founder of Premier Hospitality Group, a Charleston-based hotel development and management firm he founded in 2000.
Previously, Parrish held management positions with several major lodging companies, including Promus, Holiday Inn and Ramada. He has opened, operated or renovated 19 properties ranging from a 32-room independently owned inn to the 260-room Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. Also, he served as deputy director of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Parrish replaced Chad Prosser, an appointee of former Gov. Mark Sanford.