Grand Connection

The Grand Connection is AOT’s profile series designed to connect Arizona’s tourism industry through the experiences and insights of those who drive it. We’ll include leaders, but these profiles aren’t limited to only those in the executive office. We’re striving to bring you perspectives from all across our amazingly diverse industry. Everyone has something to share and an experience from which we all can learn.

Click each box below to learn more about the great people across Arizona’s tourism industry.

10-31-23 Amber & Carson Eilers - Grand Connection

Amber & Carson Eilers

Amber and Carson Eilers share a love for each other, their daughters, their work as serial entrepreneurs and helping people create amazing memories. That love also extends to the beautiful community of Strawberry in northcentral Arizona rim country, where they’ve owned and operated The Strawberry Inn, a boutique hotel property, since 2016.

With longstanding roots in the area and their careers as real estate developers, it was love-at-first-site when they discovered the property, previously known as the Windmill Corner Inn, was available for sale. They jumped at the chance to buy and completely remodel the property and haven’t looked back since reopening to the public in late 2016.

Ayla Kapahi

Ayla Kapahi

Grand Connection Ayla Kapahi Head Brewer & Director of Operations Get to Know Ayla! For...

GC Governor’s Tourism Award Winners 2023

Governor's Tourism Award Winners - 2023 Our Grand Connection profile series has always been about...
Steve Moore edited

Steve Moore

Grand Connection Steve Moore President & CEO, Visit Phoenix Get to Know Steve! After more...

James Surveyor

Grand Connection James Surveyor CEO, Moenkopi Developers Corporation Get to Know James! As CEO of...

Annie DeRosier

Grand Connection Annie DeRosier Tourism Marketing Coordinator, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside Get to Know Annie! From...
Todd Sicolo edited

Todd Sicolo

Grand Connection Todd Sicolo Director of Food & Beverage & Executive Chef, Westward Look Wyndham...

Mila Besich

Grand Connection Mila Besich Mayor, Town of Superior & Executive Director Copper Corridor Economic Development...

Amber Scarsella

Grand Connection Amber Scarsella Marketing & Brand Manager, Visit Yuma Get to Know Amber! Amber...
2021 LB Headshot

Lauren Bailey

Grand Connection Lauren Bailey CEO/Co-Founder, Upward Projects Get to Know Lauren! Lauren Bailey didn't invent...