Lee Speronis, an Associate Professor and Director of School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Husson University in Bangor, has been named to the Maine Tourism Association’s (MTA) Board of Directors. He was unanimously voted in as a board member at the MTA’s Annual Meeting on May 11 in Lewiston.

“Lee brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm not only to the classroom but to everything he does,” said Chris Fogg, CEO of the Maine Tourism Association. “We look forward to having that energy on our Board, helping us continue to raise the profile of tourism—one of Maine’s largest industries.”

After starting his teaching career at Husson as an adjunct professor, Speronis joined the faculty full time in 2008. Before coming to Husson University, Speronis managed a premier restaurant in Bangor, was an area director for a major restaurant company in New York, and worked as an attorney in Florida. He is a graduate of Stetson University.

Speronis stated, “My teaching philosophy is to help the students exceed their expectations both on and off the campus, and make them the professional choice for employers seeking young leaders in all areas of management. I hope to tie that into the workforce needs of MTA’s members.”

The Maine Tourism Association has over 1,500 members representing a full range of tourism businesses including restaurants, lodging establishments, camps and campgrounds, retail, amusements, and guides and other services. The MTA Board of Directors has included, in recent years, people who work directly in the tourism industry such as hotel, restaurant, retail store and campground owners as well as those who work with and benefit from the tourism industry such as teachers, bankers and attorneys.