The KOA board of directors last week appointed a new president for the company and named a new board chairman and CEO.
Toby O’Rourke will serve as the KOA's new president; she joined the company in 2011 and most recently worked as chief franchise operations officer. She's the first woman to be president of KOA. The board named Pat Hittmeier as KOA chairman and CEO.
O'Rourke's seven-year tenure at KOA has coincided with a period of record growth for the company. KOA is the world’s largest system of family campgrounds and was founded in Billings in 1962, where it is still headquartered.
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"Toby has been an integral part of KOA’s record success the past seven years," Hittmeier said in a statement Monday. "Her eye for detail and her drive for excellence in absolutely every area of our business makes her promotion to president a very obvious choice."
O’Rourke is a Montana native from Sheridan. When she joined KOA in 2011 it was as director of digital marketing. She was later promoted to vice president of marketing and then in 2016 was named chief franchise operations officer.
Before coming to KOA, O’Rourke worked for DanoneWave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado, and the Hillshire Farms brand for Tyson Foods in Downers Grove, Illinois. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.