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Director of tech, visitor experience joins Sanibel-Captiva chamber

By Staff | Oct 9, 2018

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Cory Mills has joined the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce as director of technology and visitor experience – a reinvented position born out of exciting changes at the Visitor’s Center.

Renovations are underway at the center to introduce modern technology for today’s traveler, while keeping its vibrant coastal feel. The project includes complete interior renovations of the ground floor and digital displays that can change dynamically versus static displays.

Mills will assist visitors and members with the technology.

“He will be communicating with our members, so they get the most out of the new displays, and lending a hand as needed to our visitors who will have an enhanced experience at our Visitor’s Center,” President John Lai said. “We are pleased to have him join our team.”

Mills previously worked for Stokes Marine creating in-house designs for docks, sea walls and lifts.

“I have visited the islands, but my wife grew up spending summers on Sanibel,” he said. “So, I know it’s a special place and look forward to getting to know the islands and members better.”

Mills brings an appreciation for technology that comes from a curiosity of how things work and is excited about the Visitor’s Center upgrades.

“It will provide more options for our visitors, including quick ideas for day trippers,” he said. “Our members will have more detailed data on exposure and flexibility for short-term promotions.”

Mills will also oversee the volunteers it takes to run the center 365 days a year.

A temporary Visitor’s Center is located in the parking lot, at 1159 Causeway Road, with renovations scheduled to be completed in early November. A ribbon cutting is set for Luminary night on Dec. 7.

For more information, visit sanibel-captiva.org or call 239-472-1080.