Senior Executives

Gary C. Sherwin, CDME
President & CEO

A 25-year hospitality industry veteran, Gary C. Sherwin, CDME, APR has served as President  & CEO of Visit Newport Beach Inc since 2006. Sherwin is responsible for overseeing the destination marketing organization promoting Newport Beach, California as a premiere luxury conference and leisure destination with offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento, London, and Sydney.

Sherwin is also the Chairman of the Orange County Visitors Association and the past chairman of the board for the California Travel Association, the state’s leading umbrella tourism advocacy organization. Prior to joining Newport Beach, Sherwin served as the Vice President of Market Development for the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority, the Vice President of Marketing for the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Director of Media Relations for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau.

He has been married for the last 25 years to Liz, a television talent agent. They have two daughters, Lauren, who graduated from Arizona State University and Allyson,  who is currently attending University of Missouri- Columbia

Lesley Swain, CDME
Chief Financial Officer

Lesley Swain currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Newport Beach & Company and Visit Newport Beach Inc. Swain graduated from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Business Administration.

Much of Swain’s career has been in health care administration and management, but she has had the senior financial position with travel trade organizations for the last seven years. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Swain’s passion for cooking has her taking full advantage of Southern California living by exploring the amazing farmers markets for culinary inspiration.

Michelle Donahue, CDME
Senior Vice President of Sales

Michelle Donahue, Senior Vice President of Group Sales for Visit Newport Beach, Inc. has spent more than a decade working alongside a sales team who is dedicated to promoting Newport Beach as the destination of choice for groups.
Donahue’s hospitality background began with hotel property sales for Hilton and Wyndham brands. She later joined the destination marketing industry at Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau prior to settling in Newport Beach.

A graduate from California State University, Chico, with a degree in communications and marketing, Donahue is originally from the Midwest. She loves old homes and found her perfect neighborhood in Floral Park, one of the county’s original neighborhoods in Orange County. She and her husband, who also works in the industry, have three children.

Doug McClain, CDME
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Doug McClain currently serves as the Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Newport Beach & Company and oversees a diverse portfolio of responsibilities in marketing the city of Newport Beach, California. He is the chief strategist, brand architect and integrated marketing leader for the umbrella organization and business units that include Visit Newport Beach Inc., Dine Newport Beach, Newport Beach TV, Celebrate Newport Beach and Enterprise Newport Beach.

McClain has 25 years of marketing expertise in hospitality, tourism and publishing industries. McClain has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Mark Rudyk
Senior Director of Marketing & New Media

Mark Rudyk has worked in Marketing for the past 14 years in the Travel, Tourism, & Recreation field, managing online marketing initiatives including mobile, web, email, search, video, and social media. Most recently, Rudyk was responsible for directing the Mammoth Lakes Tourism marketing, and prior to that, managed marketing for Vail Resorts and Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa in Lake Tahoe, NV.

From mountains to the sand and as a resident of the Newport Beach peninsula, Rudyk enjoys surfing, sailing, and cruising bikes along the scenic boardwalk.

Katy Dennis
Senior Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Katy Dennis joins Newport Beach & Company as the Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. She brings more than 20 years of media experience in a variety of roles including planning, buying and account management.  Prior to joining Newport Beach & Company, Katy was a cast member with The Walt Disney Company where she led the development of media plans for Disneyland Resorts, Disney Cruise Lines and Adventures by Disney.

Katy holds a BA in Communication Studies from Lynchburg College in Virginia.   She lives in Orange County and spends her time entertaining her three children and paddle boarding with friends.