BILOXI, MS (May 16, 2024) -- Ari Covacevich, lifelong Coastal Mississippi resident and tourism professional, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Mississippi Society of Executives Board. Covacevich was recently promoted to Senior Manager of Meetings, Conventions, and Associations at Coastal Mississippi Tourism. She further assists with multiple projects across the organization, from grants to budget analysis, and strategic partnerships management.  

“Ari's dedication and professionalism are highly regarded by Coastal Mississippi management, as well as her co-workers and peers," said Judy Young, CEO of Coastal Mississippi Tourism. "Ari’s determination to accommodate her clients and loyalty to the company have been unwavering. We are unsurprised by her election to this prestigious Board and know she will serve our tourism partners well during her term.” 

“We have worked with Ari since she started at Coastal Mississippi as a Destination Services Coordinator in 2017, " says Randy Whiteside, Executive Director of Sales from Beau Rivage. She was impressive then and continues to impress us today. As a Senior Convention Sales and Development Manager, Ari plays a critical role in bringing major conventions to the Mississippi Coast—a role that we couldn’t do without! Ari does this with upstanding professionalism. She is truly a joy to work with!”  

Amy Wilson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Society of Executives Board, says, “Ari has been an active MSAE member for several years and represents Coastal Mississippi enthusiastically and supports the events and mission of MSAE.”  

The Mississippi Society of Association Executives (MSAE) represents the business, government, and professional interests of more than 100,000 Mississippians who are members of various professional and trade associations.  

To plan your company's next meeting or convention, contact Ari Covacevich at 228-280-3139 or 


Kris Hummer
Coastal Mississippi Public & Media Relations Executive