Former GTP exec lands Corpus Christi tourism job

Brett Oetting

(WIBW) - A former vice president for the Greater Topeka Partnership has a new job in Texas.

The Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau voted Monday to hire Brett Oetting as its new president and CEO.

Oetting told 13 NEWS he is a fifth-generation Kansan, and has never lived outside the state, but he is looking forward to the opportunity.

"I will always be an unapologetic Kansas boy and look forward to teaching Corpus the one-finger steering wheel wave, holding the door open until everyone in the parking lot makes it inside, and why Kansas is called the Free State," he said.

Oetting stepped down in December as GTP's executive vice president, and president of Visit Topeka. He spent nearly 20 years in the hospitality and tourism industry in Topeka, including time with Parrish Hotels, and leading Visit Topeka before it merged into GTP.

Oetting will start his new job March 16th. He was chosen following a six-month, nationwide search.

"The Board of Directors is extremely confident in Brett‘s ability to move Visit Corpus Christi forward to new heights,” said Ed Cantu, chair of Visit Corpus Christi’s Board of Directors. “We had a very thorough, national search and received incredible interest in Corpus Christi from a host of extremely talented and capable candidates. Brett’s energy, vision, industry knowledge and tremendous preparation set him apart in the end.”

The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports the CVB hopes to finalize its contract with Oetting by the end of the week.

In a statement released by the CVB, Oetting said he and his wife, Amber, were "blown away by the diverse opportunities" the region offers, including a large convention center, and 22 miles of beaches and multiple islands.