Lueck to retire from Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission

Lueck to retire from Ridgecrest Regional Film CommissionRidgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB)–

During the March 2022 board meeting, the RACVB announced Doug Lueck will be retiring from the Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission after 14 years of service, effective June 1, 2022.

Kari Crutcher, Executive Director of the RACVB, will succeed Lueck as Film Commissioner in June. Mr. Lueck received congratulations from the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), where he served as a board member. Doug has represented Ridgecrest as a member of FLICS since 2007.

FLICS President Tasha Day said, “Doug’s contributions to our organization have been significant. His institutional knowledge has guided our association to grow California’s filming efforts throughout the years. I am thankful for Doug’s service to the FLICS and wish Doug and his wife Meris all the best following his retirement.”

Executive Director Kari Crutcher added, “For the past 14 years, Doug has played an instrumental role in transforming the RACVB from a small tourism office into the statewide recognized tourism organization we are today. Doug has always had a special knack for engaging the community.” Creating the Petroglyph Festival along with his wife Meris developed the region’s identity as the petroglyph capital of North America.

Though Doug will be retiring in an official capacity, it is far from the end of his chapter.

Lueck will continue to contribute his unique brand of storytelling to visitors of the California Welcome Center – Ridgecrest and lend his wisdom of filmmaking in the Indian Wells Valley as a consultant to various California film organizations.

Laura Austin Photo: Film Commissioner Doug Lueck retires after 14 years

Story First Published: 2022-04-01