OBX Visitors Bureau hires Schwartzenberg as Community Engagement Manager

By on September 6, 2023

Long-Range Tourism Management Plan Central To New Staff Position

Jeff Schwartzenberg

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce Jeff Schwartzenberg has joined the organization in the newly created Community Engagement Manager role. With more than two decades of marketing, communications and strategic partnership experience, Schwartzenberg has been charged with helping put the strategies of the Long-Range Tourism Management Plan (LRTMP) into practice within the Outer Banks community. “This is an exciting journey that we are embarking on with residents and visitors,” says Lee Nettles, Executive Director. “The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has taken the next big step with the creation of this new staff position. It’s a big job and we think Jeff has the perfect spirit and experience to make things happen.”

The Dare County Tourism Board spearheaded the 18-month LRTMP process, creating a special task force and curating the input of hundreds of tourism community stakeholders and thousands of residents. The plan serves as a roadmap for responsible and sustainable tourism on the Outer Banks. Schwartzenberg will be responsible for developing and coordinating partner engagement programs, collaborating with local non-profit organizations, enhancing partnerships within the community and implementing the initiatives of the LRTMP with a focus on strengthening relations between visitors, the tourism industry and residents.

“I am excited and extremely grateful to be joining the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau team in this new role,” says Schwartzenberg. “As a past visitor, previous local business owner, and resident for the past nine years, my diverse perspective helps me to understand the dynamic opportunities and unique challenges facing the Outer Banks tourism landscape. I look forward to engaging with our community stakeholders as we seek to balance quality of life with quality of place and experiences.”

Schwartzenberg previously served as Marketing Director for Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism, led marketing and communications efforts for Kitty Hawk Kites and owned and operated OBX Frozen Yogurt for five years. Prior to his relocation to Kitty Hawk in 2014, he served in senior marketing capacities for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Predators Hockey Club (NHL), Vanderbilt University, and Travelocity, after beginning his career with the New York Rangers Hockey Club (NHL).

Schwartzenberg has a bachelor’s degree in management, with a concentration in marketing, from Binghamton University in New York. He has served on several local nonprofit boards, including the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Outer Banks Relief Foundation and Outer Banks Sporting Events.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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