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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - John Durst has been named the new president and CEO of the state's top restaurant and hotel lobbying group.

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association announced at a Thursday morning news conference that Durst would be intheleadrole.

If the name of the organization sounds new and different, it should: the group also announced Thursday it had changed its name from the South Carolina Hospitality Association to the new moniker.

Durst had worked in the past as the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.

The group said the name change reflects a new direction for the association.

The former leader, Tom Sponseller, killed himself last February, and one of its former employees was convicted to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds.