HVCB president Vericella resigns

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HONOLULU -- The president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, under fire after a state auditor charged that he used state funds to pay personal expenses, resigned, effective immediately.

"After much careful consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interests of our Island communities that I resign....," Tony Vericella said. "I believe that by stepping aside, HVCB will be better able to move forward with the essential task of marketing the state of Hawaii unimpeded by the issues surrounding the legislative auditor's report."

The organization's contract with the Hawaii Tourism Authority is up for renewal at the end of the month. The HVCB said Vericella has reimbursed it for the funds in question.

Oahu Visitors Bureau executive director Les Enderton will serve as interim president of the HVCB. The organization hopes to find a replacement for Vericella within 90 days.

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