If you ask the Visit San Marcos team what they do, they’ll likely say the coolest job ever. A group of folks who are extremely passionate for the place we get to call home, we are here to promote all the things that make San Marcos so dang awesome. We help meeting and event planners create unforgettable events, make San Marcos more colorful through the arts program, welcome visitors with a smile and a few of our favorite recommendations and so much more. Want to learn more about the Visit San Marcos team? Meet the team and check out what we love about San Marcos.
Charlotte Wattigny – Innovation Manager
This is unapologetically Charlotte. She is the Innovation Manager for all things San Marcos. Or so she likes to think. Actually, Char handles the creative, marketing and advertising for the visitor side of the City… and anything else they let her get her hands on. Char also manages the City’s arts and mural programs. After hours you can find her elbow deep in clay at the Eye of the Dog studio space she shares with her daughter, taste testing new craft brews, virtual tubing, telling her pup Bean no for the millionth time or making sure Sarah has put on enough sunscreen at the Unicycle Football games.
Sarah Smith – Social Media Specialist
Sarah manages the Visit San Marcos social media accounts, writes the Like A Local blog posts, works with filming projects in the City, and helps out with other creative projects and copy writing. When she’s not staring at her phone and reading social media captions for the thousandth time, you can find her: reading a book in a shallow section of the river (slathered in sunscreen, of course), enjoying a craft beer at a local brewery or Unicycle Football game, baking decadent cupcakes in her kitchen or knitting in a cozy pile of blankets.
Clancy Hardin- Destination Events Specialist
Clancy helps meeting and event planners have great events in San Marcos. Clancy also works with local event planners to place their events on the CVB’s website in addition to add new businesses and welcoming visitors at the Tourist Information Center. When Clancy is not at the office, he can be found spending time with his children and wife checking out the abundance of Greenspaces in San Marcos or chowing down in locally own restaurant and visiting the various art and craft markets on Saturday mornings.
Steven Anderson - Visitor Services Specialist
Steven handles much of the day-to-day operations at the city’s Tourist Information Center, provides a lot of the photography used in our marketing material and is the liaison between the Texas Music Office and the San Marcos music community as part of the Music Friendly Communities program. In his time off, he enjoys all things photography related, making music with his friends and relaxing at home with his girlfriend and three cats.
Trey Hatt – Arts Coordinator
Trey manages the City’s public arts programs and serves as the staff liaison for the San Marcos Arts Commission. In addition, Trey is an aspiring author and hopes to someday see his books available at the San Marcos Public Library and (importantly!) wherever books are sold.
Denise Pardo – Destination Services Manager
Denise helps make San Marcos a meeting, events and conference paradise. She works with meeting planners and event organizers to make sure their event goes off smoothly and their group has a wonderful SMTXperience. When she’s not keeping the Visit San Marcos team in line, you can find Denise cheering on her kids at their sporting events, fishing with her husband or enjoying a cold margarita and queso at one of San Marcos’ favorite Tex-Mex spots.
Rebecca Ybarra – Director of Destination Services
Rebecca manages the creative and spirited Visit San Marcos team with the task of generating buzz about our attractions and events and welcoming visitors to San Marcos. When she’s not at the Tourist Information Center, you can find her: enjoying a cold beverage at a local eatery or bar with family and friends, kayaking the San Marcos River with her sisters, or riding her bike in our natural areas with her significant other.