PEORIA — Enjoy Peoria, the regional convention and visitors bureau, announced J.D. Dalfonso as its new president and CEO.

A Washington native, Dalfonso most recently served as spokesman for U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood.

"Having grown up in Tazewell County and now raising my family in Peoria County, I have always called the Peoria area home. In central Illinois, we have much to be proud of, which is why I am honored and humbled to take on this new role as President and CEO of Enjoy Peoria," Dalfonso said in a statement. "I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead, particularly ones that will further promote why the Peoria area is a desired place to live, work, raise a family, and ultimately, visit.

He succeeds retiring CEO Don Welch.