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 Stanley E. Washington Elected Board Chaiman of the
the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau


LOS ANGELES - July 11, 2005 -- LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, today announced the election of Stanley E. Washington, Regional Vice President & General Manager, American Express, U.S. Commercial Card, Western Region, as Chairman of the LA INC. Board of Directors. Washington's appointment was confirmed at the LA INC. board of directors meeting June 6. Washington assumed his duties on July 1, and will serve a one-year term through June 30, 2006. Taking the gavel from Irene Hirano, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American National Museum, Washington assumes the chairmanship after serving LA INC. as an active board member since 2000.

"We are fortunate to have a respected business and marketing professional such as Stan leading our organization in the year ahead," said Mark S. Liberman, President & CEO of LA INC. "To all who know Stan and his work on behalf of the Bureau, it will come as little surprise that his peers have extended this vote of confidence. He is uniquely equipped to take on this new role."

"Los Angeles is a city that continues to redefine itself every day," said Washington. "I look forward to working with LA INC. as the organization continues to leverage Los Angeles' reputation as the entertainment and cultural capital of the world. Working alongside a very engaged Board of Directors and with our President and CEO, Mark Liberman, there's strong potential to further increase LA's visibility as a world-class tourism destination."

Washington has served as Regional Vice President & General Manager in both the Establishment Services and U.S. Commercial Card divisions. In his current capacity, he oversees and directs all corporate business activities throughout the west, and has managed and directed all merchant activities for over 900,000 American Express merchant business locations around the region as well as managed all marketing, advertising, sponsorship and product branding initiatives for merchant and Cardmember growth.

"Stan Washington's leadership will be an asset to the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau in the year ahead," said Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express. "On behalf of all of us at American Express, we applaud him for this appointment of leadership in an organization that contributes so much to the economy of Los Angeles."

Washington is a 14-year veteran of American Express and helped to build American Express' business in Los Angeles, previously serving as Los Angeles Director and General Manager, and helping to generate over $1 billion in annual charge volume through the retention and acquisition of strategic business travel and corporate card accounts.

Washington serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Los Angeles Metro YMCA, The Bowers Museum and the Museum of African American Art.

LA INC. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit business association whose primary mission is to market Los Angeles as a site for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. Though not part of city government, LA INC. is recognized as the city's official tourism marketing organization. 



Also See: Mark S. Liberman Elected Chairman Of The Los Angeles Convention Visitors Bureau / June 1999
Audit Critical of Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau; President's $350,000 Yearly Compensation and Staffers Bonuses for Canceled Shows Targeted / October 2002

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