Chris Pendleton Appointed to VISIT FLORIDA Committee



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Janet Wilson, PR & Marketing Director

Edison Ford’s Chris Pendleton Appointed to VISIT FLORIDA Committee

Fort Myers, FLA (June 16, 2015) Chris Pendleton, President / CEO of Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been appointed so serve on the VISIT FLORIDA’S Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature (CHRN) Committee for a term effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This committee works with VISIT FLORIDA to develop and promote the growing segments of nature based tourism, culture heritage and rural tourism to increase Florida visitors and promote extended stays for greater economic benefit and quality of life for all areas of the state.

The VISIT FLORIDA committee is a volunteer position.  Pendleton has been President/ CEO of Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida since 2001.

Pendleton has been directing museums and historic sites in Florida, Virginia, North and South Carolina since 1977.  Pendleton has been active in the museum profession for over 30 years, including various accrediting and assessment teams for the American Association of Museums; grant review panels for the State of Florida and national agencies, and various statewide museum boards and organizations such as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and VISIT FLORIDA.   Her professional expertise has been in institutional planning, constructions, restoration and business expansion.
Pendleton’s foremost concentration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been the direction of the major restoration of the historic buildings, as well as transition from a publicly managed city attraction to a private non-for-profit corporation.  This focus has included professional standards, diversification of community and public programs, business analysis, grant and funding growth, restoration and master planning for site and operational expansion.

VISIT FLORIDA, is the state's official tourism marketing corporation, and serves as Florida's official source for travel planning to visitors throughout the world. VISIT FLORIDA is not a government agency, but rather a not-for-profit corporation created as a public/private partnership by the Florida Legislature in 1996.

VISIT FLORIDA facilitates tourism industry participation in domestic and international travel trade and consumer shows, as well as media missions to the top global visitor markets. VISIT FLORIDA also works closely with travel agents, tour operators, meeting and event planners, and is responsible for operating Florida's five Official Welcome Centers.


Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at