Press Release


October 25, 2018

Media Contact:
Chantelle Lusebrink
(206) 461.5862

Visit Seattle Hires Kathy Thrailkill as
Executive Operations Manager

SEATTLE – Visit Seattle welcomes Kathy Thrailkill as Executive Operations Manager, effective October 25. In this role, Thrailkill will support Visit Seattle’s President & CEO Tom Norwalk as executive assistant and provide broad support to the Visit Seattle Board of Directors through her role as board-appointed corporate secretary. In addition, she will provide administrative support to Visit Seattle’s Public Affairs department and function as the office manager.

Thrailkill spent the last 16 years of her career in the technology industry serving as a top marketing professional. She has an extensive background building brands and driving growth initiatives for companies, ranging from start-ups to enterprise organizations.

“Kathy brings a wealth of valuable experience to Visit Seattle and we are thrilled to have her contribute to our team,” Norwalk said. “Her roots are in hospitality, having worked with the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts as Marketing Coordinator, where she held positions in Seattle and Toronto. Kathy expanded her knowledge of marketing and communications to the technology industry, working for FTI Consulting, Attenex Corporation and WRQ. She has an accomplished background and we are thrilled to accept her as a member of the Visit Seattle team in this position.”

Thrailkill holds a degree in Communications from Washington State University and is an avid supporter of the school’s world-renowned Murrow College by making an impact in students’ lives as part of the mentorship program. She also participates in the global leadership program at Moving Worlds Institute, an organization dedicated to developing cross-cultural collaboration and global leadership competencies among social impact institutions.

A high resolution photo of Thrailkill is available upon request.

Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7.4 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 76,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $762 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Go to






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