Brett Oetting serves as President & CEO of Visit Topeka, an economic development organization contracted with the city of Topeka to promote travel and tourism to the capitol city. Brett has spent his entire life in the hospitality industry learning to bus tables at his parents’ bar and grill while still in grade school in Tescott, Kansas.
Prior to Visit Topeka, Brett was Executive Vice President of Operations at Parrish Hotels where he worked for 10 years winning multiple national awards in the hotel industry including the Top Ramada in the world two years in a row. Brett also spent many years in the restaurant industry with Darden Restaurants where he won the coveted Red Lobster Diamond Club Award for top restaurant in the nation.
Brett is a past graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka and a Topeka 20 under 40 honoree. Currently he is a member of the 2017 Leadership Kansas group. Brett serves on numerous Boards including Kansas Expocentre, Friends of the Topeka Zoo, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Go Topeka, Travel Industry Association of Kansas Education Chair, the national tourism Advocacy Committee for Destinations International and is a past President of Topeka Active 2030.
A health and fitness junkie, Brett is proud to say he lives with his wife in Historic Collins Park which they describe as the heart of Topeka…Winter is Coming.