Ronnie Burt, chief executive of Visit KC, the Kansas City convention and tourism promoter, has announced that he will resign effective Jan. 31.
Burt, who came to Visit KC in 2014 from a similar organization in Washington D.C., had faced employee complaints and a lawsuit that accused the executive of bullying and harassing behavior.
“It is with mixed emotions that I submit my resignation as your President and CEO,” Burt said in a statement released by Visit KC. “I have made the decision that now is the best time for me to move on and consider other opportunities. I am proud of the achievements made since 2014 with the support and hard work of the Visit KC Team.”
The Star reported in December that Burt had written a letter to Visit KC’s board claiming that employees at Visit KC were trying to undermine him and that then-board chairman Kevin Pistilli asked him to resign in November.
Pistilli had told board members in an email that some of Burt’s claims were partly or entirely inaccurate, and confirmed that the organization was investigating complaints about Burt made by Visit KC employees.
Burt and Visit KC were sued in 2017 by former Visit KC human resources manager Janette Barron, who claimed she was fired from the organization after she sought an investigation into claims of Burt’s alleged harassing and bullying behavior toward…