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Tourism Updates: Department of Business and Economic Affairs

NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development Year in Review and Summer of 2019 Preview

About the Presenters:

Commissioner Taylor Caswell, Department of Business and Economic Affairs
Mr. Taylor Caswell is the first commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, established by an act of the Legislature in 2017. Appointed to the role by Gov. Chris Sununu, Commissioner Caswell serves as the chief economic advisor to the Governor and oversees the state Divisions of Economic Development and Travel & Tourism Development, enabling and growing economic vitality for residents and employers in the Granite State.

In this role, Caswell has defined the narrative of New Hampshire as place where people want to live and work and where companies can grow and thrive in the state’s unique tax and opportunity climate. In collaboration with policy makers, stakeholders and business leaders, he is working to update and modernize the state’s broad infrastructure of community and economic stakeholders into a more strategic and meaningful network that will be critical to sustaining and growing New Hampshire’s economy.

Caswell’s experience in the private sector includes structuring and funding renewable power and affordable housing development, financial services and government relations work for a Fortune 500 energy company.

Prior to joining BEA, he was the executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and served as the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, a White House-level appointment.

He grew up in Littleton, where he founded PRKR MTN trails, a community-based, 25-mile multi-use trail network.  Commissioner Caswell remains an avid year-round outdoor enthusiast and is a regular alpine skier, mountain biker, and hiker.

Travis York, GYK Antler
Travis York is the President and CEO of GYK Antler. Recognized by Forbes as one of America's top 25 small companies, GYK Antler is a full-service, mid-size and independent marketing agency.

Under Travis’s leadership, GYK Antler has responsibly tripled in size to almost a hundred technologists, creatives, strategists, data hounds, and media planners who understand what it takes to pivot a brand into new territory. The agency has offices in Manchester, NH and Boston, MA and Indian Orchard, MA. Travis also co-founded GYK Antler’s in-house, Emmy-winning video production arm, Big Brick Productions. Big Brick is a full-service production company that creates branded entertainment, commercials, digital content, broadcast features and original programming for a wide variety of brands, agencies and networks. He’s also the CEO of Iron & Air, an internationally distributed media publication about motorcycles and the places they take us. Iron & Air was acquired by GYK Antler in 2016.

Travis co-founded YORK Athletics Mfg., a performance footwear and apparel brand continuing his family business legacy that started in 1946. He’s an investor and advisor for Noble & Cooley, a 7th generation high-end custom drum company played by the most badass musicians on the planet.

Travis dedicates time to non-profit organizations that he is passionate about. He is a founding member and the President of the Board of Directors for the Rock On Foundation led by basketball players Luke and Matt Bonner along with participating on the Board of Advisors for Stay Work Play New Hampshire. He invests in technology, music and fashion companies and lives in Manchester, NH with his wife, Danielle, and daughters, Madeleine and Lily.

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