SAN DIEGO—Steven W. Weathers, currently President & CEO of the Savannah, GA Economic Development Authority and former Vice President of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., has been tapped to be the next President/CEO of the World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD).
WTCSD Board Chairman Bruce Hueners announced that the Board approved his selection at its Nov. 14 meeting. Weathers assumes the position effective immediately, but will use the Thanksgiving break to relocate from Savannah.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Steve’s spot-on experience, background, drive and commitment to succeed Bella Heule,” Hueners said. “With his extensive, nationwide experience in economic development, as well as intimate knowledge of San Diego, we are confident he will take the organization to the next level and benefit our entire region.”
In his most recent position as President & CEO of the Savannah EDA, Weathers also founded and headed the World Trade Center Savannah, modeled on the WTCSD. Prior to that, he was President & CEO of the Savannah Regional Growth Partnership, President & CEO of the Greater Tucson Economic Council, and, from 1990 to 2001, VP of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
“While it is a humbling challenge to succeed Bella Heule, whose energy and vision over the past decade made the World Trade Center here what it is today, I am excited to build on her success and assume the reins of an organization in such a solid position,” said Weathers. Heule accepted a position as Vice President of the global World Trade Centers Association in July. Since then, Hugh Constant has served as interim President/ CEO.
“We are also incredibly fortunate to have had Hugh’s steady leadership during this transition period,” Hueners added. “Hugh assumed the interim responsibilities on top of everything he does as Executive Vice President and Trade Services Director, and did a laudable job.”