The Downtown Mesa Association has named a consultant to be the interim executive director of the non-profit organization that promotes the city center.
Kate Hastings has experience with other downtown organizations, including vice president of marketing for the Downtown Tempe Community. She also worked at downtown organizations in Denver and Kansas City, Mo.
The DMA’s board of directors will wait to search for a permanent replacement until it reviews its business plan.
Hastings replaces Tom Verploegen, who resigned earlier this month along with Vice President Sharon Winter at a time when some board members said they were disappointed with the DMA’s events and relations with downtown merchants. Verploegen, who had been the DMA’s leader since its founding 25 years ago, took a job with a downtown organization in Oklahoma City.