Who We Are

At Auburn-Opelika Tourism, we believe in making our community better:

  1. We aspire to excellence. In our work and in our relationships, we look for ways to exceed expectations. To be better and do better.
  2. We pursue growth. We never want to stop learning.
  3. We foster joy. It's tourism in the greatest community in the South. It’s supposed to be fun!
  4. We earn trust. We deliver on our promises, and we’re careful with your tax dollars.
  5. We practice servant leadership. We believe that we are all here to help each other, and we look for ways to serve our neighbors and our friends. Because, like we said, we believe in making our community better.

You can see more details on our culture and core values here.

  • Robyn L. Bridges

    Robyn L. Bridges

    President
    rlbridges@aotourism.com
    Phone: 334.501.3281

    Robyn Bridges has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. An adjunct professor at Auburn University, she began her career as a hospitality professional with the Hotel at Auburn University before joining AO Tourism in 2003.

    Robyn has served in leadership roles with a variety of industry and civic boards and committees: she currently serves on the Hospitality Advisory Board for Auburn University’s School of Human Sciences and the executive committee of the Southeast Tourism Society. She also serves on the board of the Public Relations Society of America and has previously served the Southern Public Relations Federation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, and United Way. She further donates her time to the city she loves in the role of Planning Commissioner for Auburn.

    Robyn is passionate about the Auburn-Opelika community and sharing the culture of our destination with audiences around the country and beyond.

    ROBYN'S AREA FAVES:

  • Cindy L. Pugh

    Cindy L. Pugh

    Sales Manager
    cindy@aotourism.com
    phone: 334.704.0114

    After 20 years in the travel industry, Cindy joined Auburn-Opelika Tourism in December 2005. Her many years as a Corporate Travel Agent with Fair Winds Travel have provided her with a wealth of experience in attending to the travel needs of groups and businesses. Cindy markets the Auburn-Opelika area to groups and conferences around the nation. Cindy serves as the secretary on the board for Independent Rights and Resources, is a member of The Piedmont Bird Trail Committee, and does volunteer work for the March of Dimes. In her free time, she enjoys cooking. Contact Cindy for all your meeting and group tour needs.

    CINDY'S AREA FAVES:

  • Cat W. Bobo

    Cat W. Bobo

    Communications Manager
    cat@aotourism.com
    Phone: 334.501.3281

    Cat Bobo graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations in 2015 and now serves as the Communications Manager for AOT. Cat has been a Diplomat for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, on the committee for Auburn Young Professionals, and serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Lee County, the Women's Business Council, and Lee County Young Leaders. Cat is a true Auburn local, having lived here her whole life. She enjoys writing and loves to edit even more. In her free time, Cat enjoys running, hiking, practicing yoga, good food, great movies and traveling. Contact Cat for anything involving the calendar of events, aotourism.com, news, story ideas, media kits, press releases, visiting group guides, photography, social media or pizza. 

    CAT'S AREA FAVES:

     

  • Anthony A. Terling

    Anthony A. Terling

    Sports & Event Development Manager
    anthony@aotourism.com
    Phone: 334.391.2527

    Anthony Terling, CHSP, has over 10 years of experience in the sports industry. He graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management. He later went on to earn his master's in the same field. Before joining Auburn-Opelika Tourism, Terling served as vice president external affairs for the Alabama Sports Festival Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization responsible for producing the Alabama State Games and also worked for the Tampa Bay Rays and their AA minor league affiliate as a gameday analytics tracker. He is also SafeSport Certified through the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

    Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, watching any and all sports in person or on TV (hockey is the best!), attending Auburn University athletic events, and fishing. 

    ANTHONY'S AREA FAVES:

    • Adventures at Chewacla State Park with his wife and boys
    • Pork tinga and brisket tacos at Tacorita - can’t forget the freshly made chips and salsa
    • Any sporting event at the Auburn Arena!
  • Brooke B. Kastner

    Brooke B. Kastner

    Director of Sales & Service
    brooke@aotourism.com
    Phone: 334.501.3281

    Brooke has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as the director of sales and marketing at Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National. Brooke graduated from Auburn University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and has been heavily involved in the Auburn-Opelika community since. She has served many organizations including the Junior League of Lee County, Opelika Chamber Women’s Business Council, Opelika Rotary Club, Opelika Main Street, United Way of Lee County, and more. Brooke is also a recent past chair of the board of directors of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband and son while traveling, sampling new food and drinks, and baking.

    BROOKE'S AREA FAVES:

     

  • Karen Gilmore

    Karen Gilmore

    Service & Event Coordinator
    karen@aotourism.com
    Phone: 334..73.4.2987

    Karen, a born and raised Brit, has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She graduated in 2007 from Leeds Metropolitan University in England with a bachelor's degree in International Hospitality and Business Management. During her education, she was given the opportunity to move to the US for one year to work on Mackinac Island in Michigan and also in Key Largo, Florida. Upon her graduation, Karen officially moved to the US in early 2008. Most recently she spent over 10 years working for the Marriott at Grand National in Opelika. Karen and her husband have lived in the Auburn-Opelika area for almost 13 years and have their hands full with two boys. In her spare time, she loves family day trips, drinking hot cups of coffee, and watching the first 10 minutes of movies before falling asleep.

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  • Travis Harrison

    Travis Harrison

    Communications Intern
    thh0021@auburn.edu

    Travis Harrison is a senior at Auburn majoring in public relations and will be graduating in May of 2023. A Houston native, Travis chose to come to Auburn after visiting campus during high school. One Auburn football game was all it took to convince him that the Plains were the place to be for college. Travis loves the outdoors, meeting people and trying new foods. He one day hopes to work in either the video game industry or for SpaceX. 

    TRAVIS'S AREA FAVES: 

     

  • Chloe Warren

    Chloe Warren

    Communications Intern
    cjw0071@auburn.edu

    Chloe Warren is a senior at Auburn majoring in public relations and will be graduating in December of 2022. From Fairhope, Alabama, she loved the small-town feel and hospitality Auburn provided during her high school visits. She is ambitious to reflect this hospitality through a career in the industry. Chloe loves the beach, being creative, going on walks, and spending quality time with her friends and family. 

    CHLOE'S AREA FAVES:

Auburn-Opelika
Tourism
714 East Glenn Ave
Auburn, AL 36830

Auburn-Opelika Tourism is a non-profit service organization driving economic impact and improving the quality of life in our community through tourism and travel.

Core Values:

Aspire to excellence.

  1. We will deliver service that exceeds expectations and strive to practice excellence in our daily endeavors.
  2. The proactive anticipation of the needs of others, both among our team members and the guests we serve, will be among our guiding principles.

Pursue growth.

  1. We will foster an environment of learning and growth in our team members, in ourselves, and in our organization.
  2. We will seek opportunities for the ongoing development of our leadership skills and challenge each other with genuine interest in the success of our team members.

Foster joy.

  1. Laugh! Happy team = happy guests.
  2. We will cultivate an environment of engaged, joyful, passionate, interested team members.
  3. We will recognize and reward creativity and courage, and we will maintain a flat hierarchy where ideas and innovation are encouraged from all team members. 

Earn trust.

  1. We will be prudent and exercise responsibility in our daily endeavors, being mindful at all times of the tax dollars which have been entrusted to us on behalf of our community.
  2. We will be fiscally and ethically conservative and strive to maintain the respected reputation of ourselves and the organization.

Practice servant leadership.

We will serve each other, we will serve our guests, and we will serve our community with a genuine dedication to making ourselves and the world better.