Governor Nikki Haley has tabbed Duane Parrish to head the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Parrish has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Parrish is Founder and President of Charleston-based Premier Hospitality Group.
During his career, Parrish has held several senior management positions within the hotel industry at distinguished organizations including Promus Hotels (now Hilton Hotels), Holiday Inns, and Ramada Inns. Parrish has opened, operated, or renovated 19 hotels ranging from a 32-room independent inn to a 260-room full-service hotel. He has also managed the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Parrish is currently Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Hospitality Association.