Steve Galyean is the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Planning & Partnerships Director. Steve works to forge new relationships among Virginia’s tourism industry partners and to connect those partners to resources to help grow their businesses. Steve directs the dynamic VTC Destination Development Team, which assists Virginia communities to grow their tourism products, and enhance their community viability. Steve also administers the VTC marketing grant programs that have leveraged $17 million in VTC funds with over $55 million in partner dollars to provide more than $72 million marketing dollars to promote Virginia as a travel destination.
Prior to joining the VTC team in 2005, Steve served eleven years as the Director of Tourism for the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau in Abingdon, VA. Preceding his move to Abingdon, he was Executive Director of the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Chamber of Commerce in Galax, VA.
Steve Galyean has served two terms as President of the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, as well as Vice-President of Tourism Marketing and Treasurer of the organization. In addition, he served as the first marketing chair for the Crooked Road – Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, and has served on the boards of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, the Virginia Highlands Festival, and the Tri-Cities TN/VA Regional Partnership. Steve currently serves on the Virginia Community Capital Advocates Council and the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Tourism Advisory Council.
Steve Galyean is a native of Galax, Virginia, and a graduate of Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA.