SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed local Gallup businessman, entrepreneur, and community leader Bill Lee to the New Mexico Tourism Commission to fill the 7-person planning commission.

Lee currently serves as President and CEO for The Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce and owner and operator of X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures.

“Bill’s experience and passion for small businesses, the ballooning community, and all things New Mexico is a much-welcomed addition to the Tourism Commission. We are fortunate for the economic and tourism development perspective he will bring to the commission,” Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said.

Lee previously served as Chair of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association and was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors. Lee also served as the former President of the Tourism Association of New Mexico before the organization was restructured into the New Mexico Hospitality Association and served on the New Mexico State Fair Commission from 2014­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–2018.