SPEAKER: PETER CRANIS
Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, has a 30-year career spanning tourism, telecommunications, software and financial institutions. He began with advertising and public relations for Church Street Station in Downtown Orlando, Sprint, Suntrust Banks, and Kirchman Corp., a global software firm. Deciding to follow his passion for tourism, Cranis joined the AAA National Office as Director of Marketing Communications. He then went on to become Vice President of Consumer Marketing at the Visit Orlando association for the next 16 years. In 2016, he took on the role of head of sales and marketing at the Orlando Eye at ICON Park.
Cranis has led the Space Coast Office of Tourism since March 2019 promoting the region as an amazing place to live, work, and play. Cranis grew up in Melbourne, Florida and graduated with honors from Eau Gallie High School and Brevard Community College (A.A. in Journalism). He went on to the University of Central Florida and received a B.A. with honors and an M.A. in Communications. He was an adjunct professor at UCF for 26 years, as well as being a Past Chairman of the Alumni Association, serving on the Board of Directors for 25 years. He is married to his beautiful wife Melissa, a Louisiana native.