In Memory of Brad Burlingame

Brad_Burlingame.pngBrad Burlingame, for 18 years the head of West Hollywood’s visitor and tourism agency, passed away in early December of pancreatic cancer. A memorial service was held January 30 in West Hollywood. Burlingame was named president & CEO of what now is Visit West Hollywood in 1997. Under his leadership, Visit WeHo has helped West Hollywood become a major travel destination.

Burlingame served six years on the WACVB (now DMA West) Board of Directors, including service as its Board President. He also served as a Past President of the Board of Trustees of the WACVB Education & Research Foundation, and was currently serving as a DMA West Foundation Trustee. 

He also served as a Past Chair of the California Travel Association and as a past Chair of the CalTravel PAC. In addition, Burlingame also served on the Board of Directors of the DMAI Destination & Travel Foundation.

Before he joined Visit West Hollywood, Burlingame was vice president of marketing and sales for the Japanese Assistance Network (JAN), a firm specializing in the Japan travel market.

Burlingame is survived by his wife, Diane McDavitt, and daughters Marta and Lora.