Hayley Henderson, recent assistant director of the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, has been chosen as the facility’s new executive director.
Robert Nobles, chairman of the Convention and Trade Authority, made the announcement at a Columbus Council meeting Tuesday morning. Later, in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, he said the board conducted a national search and over 60 candidates applied for the job.
“Hayley won it for her passion; Haley won it for her creativity,” Nobles said. “Hayley could do the job. She won over every board member, and we are fully supporting her. We believe she can take us to another level. She has the contacts to move the trade center forward, and she’s got wonderful ideas. Plus, she wants to stay here in Columbus.”
Henderson now occupies the position vacated by David Bevans, who resigned on March 3. Later that month, the authority hired Larry Campbell, a retired executive director, to serve as an interim consultant and run the center while board members conducted the national search.