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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6:41 am

The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau has chosen a new president, Marc Garcia, to fill a position that was vacant for six months following the death of longtime leader Robert Brinton.

Garcia will also serve as CEO when he begins working in Mesa on June 11. He has worked 15 years at the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he worked on sales and service for high-profile national events that included Super Bowl XLII, the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2009, WrestleMania XXVI and the 2011 Major League Baseball All Star Summer. He also was a key advocate for the expansion of thePhoenix Convention Center.

In his position in Phoenix, Garcia was a vice president who oversaw travel industry sales, convention services, government affairs and sports sales.

At the Mesa CVB, he will help market some of the East Valley’s most prominent destinations. That includes the rapidly growing Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, new colleges Mesa is brining downtown, a Metro light rail expansion and the Chicago Cubs spring training complex that will debut in 2014.

Garcia is a graduate of Pitzer College and holds a bachelor’s in political science. He is an Arizona native.

The Mesa CVB had been run by Milt Fort, the organization’s marketing director who temporarily became president following Brinton’s unexpected death on Oct. 21. Brinton, 60, had spent much of his life promoting spring training through the Mesa CVB and through his role as president of the Cactus League.

Brinton helped keep the Cubs in Mesa after the team considered leaving its winter home for Florida in 2009. He died just days after the Mesa City Council finalized a voter-approved deal for a $99 million Cubs complex at the southeast corner of the Loop 101 and Loop 202.

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