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Following the retirement of Brad Andes, who served as president for more than 20 years, Meteor Crater Enterprises named Dwayne Virgint as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, effective March 1.

Virgint joins Meteor Crater after serving as executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. and The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center & Affiliated Companies in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past 12 years. During his tenure at IPMI, he was responsible for initiating multiple commercial developments on the 70-acre site, as well as expansion of the IPCC, now the third most-visited attraction in the state.

According to a press release, Virgint will assume all job responsibilities as president of the company – not only for the day-to-day operations but providing a long-term vision for the company’s expansion plans.

“I am extremely excited to initiate the next phase of growth in the history of the company. We have just broken ground on a three-phase, $10 million expansion, and I look forward to bringing my leadership and destination management skills to Meteor Crater,” Virgint said.

A native of New York, Virgint, his wife Jackie, and their rescue animals will make their home in Flagstaff.

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