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Rethmeier Heads To USTA With Freeman's Promotion

There's some moving and shaking over at the U.S. Travel Association. Geoff Freeman was promoted to executive vice president, and Blain Rethmeier is taking over his role as senior vice president for public affairs and government relations.

Rethmeier started his career in the public sector, with positions including press secretary for former Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) Most recently, he was senior vice president for public affairs at the American Insurance Association.

Our colleague Christopher Snow Hopkins has more in today's National Journal magazine on how Rethmeier's college football days led him to Washington:

As a strong safety for the [Mesa State College] varsity football squad, Rethmeier met quarterback Josh Penry, who was also student-body president. The two became friends, and Penry asked Rethmeier to be chairman of the student government's fee-allocation committee.

Rethmeier hadn't considered a career in politics until his last day in student government, when a classmate announced that then-Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., -- who had already hired Penry as his press secretary -- was recruiting summer interns for his Washington office.

"As I'm driving over the mountains for spring break ... I thought, you know, I don't have a job yet. ... This might be worth pursuing. When I got home, I called Josh."

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