The ONE Council announced Friday that Thomas McCarthy will take over leadership of the ONE Council as Chairperson effective March 1, 2019. The change in leadership is a result of the resignation this week by current ONE Chairperson, Brad Benton, re-elected to a second term in December 2018. McCarthy was currently serving the last year of his 2-year term and now leads the group according to the group's governing bylaws.
McCarthy joined the ONE Council in 2016 as the group's Communications Director where he served a one year term. In 2017, he was elected to Vice-Chairperson after a special election was held to fill the vacated position left by Benton after he was elected to his first term as Chairperson. "I am honored to continue my work with such an incredible group of Council Members and Chapter Leaders. I sincerely thank Brad Benton for his leadership over these past two years," McCarthy remarks, "He has set the course for success in the years to come."
Thomas McCarthy is currently the Sales Manager, Travel Industry & Entertainment at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
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