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Gretchen Hall is leaving her position as President & CEO at Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau to join Destinations International as Chief Operating Officer in April. She has been a longstanding DI member and has served on its board as well as numerous committees, and recently served as chair of the organization’s board. She has been with the LRCVB since 2001 and has led the bureau since 2011.
Michael Martelon, CHME, is the new Chief Executive Officer & Vice President at Visit Santa Cruz County in California. His DMO experience includes nearly 11 years as President & CEO of Colorado’s Telluride Tourism Board.
Timothy P. Bush departs his position as Chief Tourism Development Officer at OneSpartanburg, Inc. in South Carolina where he has served since October 2020. He joins Visit Lake Charles as Chief Marketing Officer, returning to the state where he had previously been President & CEO at Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism. A press release from OneSpartanburg indicates that a national search for the next Chief Tourism Development Officer will begin soon.
Also at Visit Lake Charles, Anna Strider is named as Director of Digital Strategies/Online Marketing. She joins from St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission / Louisiana Northshore where she was Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.
Joe Holody has been appointed as the Vice President of Sales at Destination Niagara USA. A Niagara Falls native, he has been serving as Director of Convention Marketing, Sales & Services with VisitErie for the past 19 years.
Jon Mamela re-joins Travel Alberta as Senior Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer. He joins from Destination Toronto as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, prior to which he was CMO & Senior Vice President-Marketing & Sales at Destination Canada.
Also at Travel Alberta, two internal promotions: Kara Claypool is now Senior Vice President & CFO and Tannis Gaffney steps into the role of Senior Vice President & CMO.
William Adams has been appointed Director of Convention Sales at Destination DC. He brings 20+ years’ experience, most recently as National Sales Manager for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Previously, Adams’ DMO roles have included Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau and Annapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Evan Bauerle has been hired by Visit Salt Lake to oversee sports, tourism and event sales for the west region of Salt Lake County as part of a collaborative new partnership with ChamberWest. He most recently worked in various sales positions, including with Encore AV at the Hilton City Center.
Coastal Mississippi has announced the appointments of Kris Abbott (l.) to the position of Director of Sales and Patricia Meagher (r.) to the position of Director of Communications and Engagement. Abbott most recently served as Senior Sales Manager at Hilton Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center for seven years. Meagher served as Director of Communications for the Georgia Historical Society for the past eight years.
In related news, Judy Young is the new Executive Director at Coastal Mississippi as reported in The Travel Vertical on 2/26/2022.
Amanda Johannemann (l.) joins MeetNKY as Director, Destination Marketing and Communications. She joins from her prior role as Director, Talent Strategies for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Gina Christ-Kohler (r.) has joined the organization in a partnership role with the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau to focus on the entire Cincy region as a destination of choice. She brings a strong local hotel sales background.
Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has appointed Lorine Charles-St. Jules to the position of CEO where she’d previously been Director of Marketing for nearly a decade. She joins as USA Account Manager for the Anguilla Tourist Board and is also Adjunct Lecturer at Monroe College in New York and University of New Haven, Connecticut.
Katie Cook has been promoted to Director, Strategic Advisors at Zartico. She joined the company in 2021 following a strategy role at Simpleview in addition to 18 years at Visit Austin. Katie is also a valued member of the eTourism Summit Advisory Board.
Joining the Zartico team, Steven Clenney takes on the role of Strategic Advisor. He had been Director at Lake County Board of County Commissioners in Florida.
Miles Partnership has announced Najauna White, CMP, CDE® as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She currently serves as Co-chair for Workforce Development with Destinations International and as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with MPI Carolinas Chapter. Prior to joining Miles, White served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement at The Diversity Movement, prior to which she was National Sales Manager at Discover Durham.
Jennifer Roy Wincey takes up a new position as Vice President, People & Culture at CrowdRiff. She joins from Miovision, where she led organizational strategy and development for six years.
Jennifer Griswold has been named Client Success Lead at Rove, joining from her role at Wyoming Office of Tourism as Research & Analytics Manager. Previous DMO roles were at Travel Nevada and Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Griswold also serves on the board of directors of the Travel and Tourism Research Association and was the previous chair of the marketing and communications committee.
Stephanie Auslander has joined Destinations International as Advocacy and Data Coordinator. She has a varied background in the travel industry, including as a business travel consultant.
Jacqueline Barney is the new Vice President-Global Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. She has previously served in executive marketing roles with The Walt Disney Company, National Geographic, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.
Rudy Webb has been named Chief Strategy Officer at Paradise Advertising & Marketing, Inc. as the company he joined in 2008 marks their 20th anniversary.
Nicole Brownell is the new Senior Vice President of Client Services, heading up a new division. She joined in 2021 following five years at Miles Partnership.
Brittany Lynn has joined Break the Ice Media as an Associate Consultant. She brings seven years of marketing and communications experience to BTI, previously serving in university and government roles. Based in Atlanta, she’s the agency’s first hire outside New York State.
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Visit SLO CAL, the destination marketing & management organization for San Luis Obispo, California, has issued a request for proposals for a qualified full-service public relations agency with tourism experience. The scope of work will be for a three year period beginning on or about July 1, 2022. Questions are due by 12 p.m. PT on Feb. 9, 2022. Proposals are due by March 4, 2022.
Wyoming Office of Tourism (closing March 1, 2022) — Seeking proposals for advertising agency of record for the Wyoming state marketing program. RFP is available on Public Purchase where the WY Advertising account is RFP #0148-G – Advertising (Public Purchase requires a free log-in/registration to access the RFP.)
Public Purchase link: Public Purchase: Bid Notification, Government bids, Reverse Auctions and Procurement Tools for Government Agencies
Alaska Travel Industry Association (closing 2/11/22 and 2/25/22)— Seeking proposals for three elements (Advertising, PR & Media Relations, Visitor Research) supporting the Alaska Tourism Marketing Program.
Hawaii Tourism Authority — Hawaii Tourism Brand Marketing & Management Services in the US Major Market Area (hawaiitourismauthority.org/rfps)
State of Hawaii Economic Development, & Tourism (closing 2/25/22) — A Research Project Related to Visitor and Resident Geolocation Tracking for July 2022 – June 2024.
J O B S
President & CEO — Visit Seattle, WA
President — Visit Overland Park, KS (new)
President & CEO — South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, Hammond, IN
Director AND Manager Sports Tourism AND Manager Tourism Marketing — Lake County Board of Commissioners, FL
Director — South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, TX
Executive Director — Discover New England, Portsmouth, NH
Executive Director — Visit Dana Point, CA
Chief Financial Officer AND National Sales Manager — Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Vice President Global Marketing — Destination Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Vice President of Tourism — Visit Denver, CO
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion AND Sales Administrative Assistant — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Vice President Meeting Sales & Services — Visit Fort Worth, TX
Vice President — Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Vice President of Sales — Visit Greater Palm Springs, CA
Vice President Convention Sales AND Convention Sales Manager AND Social Media Manager — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Vice President Convention Sales (new) AND Senior Manager of Marketing AND Social Media Manager — Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Lauderdale), FL
Associate Vice President Global Brand Marketing AND Brand Marketing Manager Global Media AND Manager International Marketing AND Brand Marketing Manager Partnerships AND Client Relations Director Central Coast AND Brand Marketing Coordinator AND Marketing Assistant AND IT Solutions Architect — Visit California
Senior Copy Director AND Senior Director of Product Management AND UX Design Lead AND Coordinator Member Programs & Services AND Convention Development Coordinator — NYC & Company
Director of Marketing AND Social Media Marketing Specialist — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, MA
Director of Marketing AND Sales Manager — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AR
Director of Marketing AND Director of Sales — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Director of Marketing & Communications — Visit El Paso, TX
Senior Director of Convention Services — Destination Cleveland, OH
Senior Data Analyst — Destination BC, Canada
Business Insights Specialist — Destination Vancouver, Canada
Market Intelligence Officer — Lee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Director of Conventions & Entertainment — City of Kansas City, MO
Director Sales Citywide Conventions — Visit Houston, TX
Director of National Accounts — Visit Spokane, WA
National Sales Manager-Washington DC — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Wash DC Metro
Director of National Accounts (mid-Atlantic office) — Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Wash DC
Destination Services Manager AND Content Marketing Manager — VisitLEX, KY (new)
CRM & Research Analyst AND Marketing Manager AND Marketing Project Manager AND Communications Manager AND Sales Coordinator — Visit Dallas, TX (new)
Social Media & Content Manager — Visit Savannah (new)
Social Media & Digital Content Specialist — Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, NC
Public Relations & Social Media Manager — Alpharetta CVB, GA
PR Manager — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA (new)
Public Relations Manager — Sonoma County Tourism, CA
Content Manager — Visit Santa Barbara, CA
Destination Events & Services Manager AND Sales & Tourism Coordinator — Visit Anaheim, CA
Events & Sales Manager — Visit Carson City, NV
Sales & Event Developer — Discover Monroe-West Monroe, LA
Sales Manager — Destin-Fort Walton Beach Florida, FL
Sales Manager — Greater Ontario Convention Center & Visitors Bureau, Canada
Sales Manager — Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, GA
Sales Manager — Discover Dunwoody, GA (new)
Convention Sales Manager — Visit Visalia, CA
Content Marketing Strategist AND Sports Sales Manager AND Event Services Specialist — Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB, MO
Manager of Marketing & Communications — Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, GA
Tourism Manager — City of College Station, TX (new)
Director of Sales — Silicon Valley DMO, CA (new)
Director Sales & Marketing — Weber County, Ogden, UT
Director of Tourism Strategy & Information AND Marketing Coordinator — Cobb Travel & Tourism, Inc., GA
Tourism Marketing Manager — Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, WI
Marketing Manager — Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, WI
Marketing Manager — Visit Allen, TX
Digital Marketing Manager — Colorado Tourism Office, CO
Digital Content Manager — Visit Wichita, KS
Tourism Marketing Manager — Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (new)
Marketing Manager — Destination Gettysburg, PA
Marketing Manager— Destination Panama City, FL
Marketing Manager — Visit Natchez, MS
Business Development Manager — Visit Carlsbad, CA
Business Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Market Intelligence Analyst — Fort Myers Islands Beaches & Neighborhoods, FL
Marketing Communications Manager — Explore Gwinnett, GA
Marketing Communications Specialist — Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Bureau, UT
Marketing & Communications Manager — City of Woodstock, IL
Content Manager AND Diversity & Life Sciences Coordinator — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, PA
Digital Tourism Marketing Coordinator — Visit Big Sky, MT
Content and Public Relations Specialist — Visit South Walton, FL
Digital Content Creator — Visit Galveston, TX
Marketing & Communications Specialist — Washington County, IA
Digital Content Coordinator — Visit Mobile, AL
Social Media & Content Manager — Visit Savannah, GA
Social Media Coordinator — Experience Columbus, OH (new)
Destination Content Coordinator — Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, NC (new)
Website Manager — Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, LA
Network & Systems Engineer — San Diego Tourism Authority, CA
Sales Manager — Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau, IL (new)
Executive Meetings Manager AND Advertising Coordinator — Visit Denver, CO
Convention Sales Manager — Visit Visalia, CA
Sales Manager — Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, GA
Executive Meetings Manager — Visit Denver, CO
Visitor Experience & Public Relations Coordinator – Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., TN (new)
Sports / Reunion Coordinator — Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB, NY
Sports Development Manager — Visit Sacramento Sports Commission, CA
Sports Marketing Coordinator — Savannah Sports Council/Visit Savannah, GA (new)
Events & Marketing Coordinator — Long Island City Partnership, NY
Visitor Information Specialist/Receptionist — Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Visitor Planner / Marketplace Coordinator — Explore Charleston, SC
Visitor Services Associate — Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Administrative Assistant — Visit Pensacola, FL
Director Member Engagement — U.S. Travel Association
Manager of Meetings & Events — Destinations International
Trade Relations Sales Manager West Coast AND Trade Relations Sales Manager East Coast AND Finance & Admin Manager USA AND Administrative Coordinator USA — South African Tourism, NYC
Digital Marketing Manager — German National Tourist Board, NYC
Account Executive Trade Sales (German National Tourist Office) — MMGY Global, Culver City, CA
Vice President of Global Sales — ConferenceDirect, remote (new)
President & CEO — HospitalityTN, Nashville
Director of Sales — Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV (new)
Sales Manager — SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo, OH
VP of Marketing — CrowdRiff, Toronto
Director, DEI and Corporate Communications — MMGY Global, Kansas City, MO (hybrid)
Creative Copywriter AND Senior UI Web Designer AND Account Coordinator AND PR/Content Coordinator AND Social Media Coordinator AND more — Relic Advertising + EKR, Provo UT
Senior Data Advisor AND Data Analyst AND Dev/Ops Manager AND Product Manager AND Product Designer AND Data Scientist AND Data Engineer — Zartico, remote
Content Manager AND Account Coordinator AND Account Coordinator AND Advertising & Data Manager AND Media Coordinator AND Senior Developer-Drupal, Classic & Decoupled AND Account Manager (new) — Miles Partnership (remote and/or on-site)
Designer Social Media & Creative Agency (x2 in Atlanta & Miami) AND Senior Marketing Manager AND Senior Social Media Planner/Buyer (Portland, OR) AND Senior Social Media Planner / Buyer (Atlanta) AND Senior Social Media Strategist/Creative Agency — Sparkloft Media
Consumer Insights Manager — Merlin Entertainments, Orlando, FL
Senior eMail Marketing Manager — Hornblower Group, NYC
Associate Vice President of Marketing — The Philadelphia Orchestra, PA
Account Manager — Pineapple PR, Atlanta, GA
Marketing Coordinator — Advance Travel & Tourism, Birmingham, AL
Project Manager — Bellweather Agency, NYC
Social Media Coordinator — Paradise Advertising & Marketing, remote
People Operations Partner — Streetsense (new)
Industry Events Marketing Manager — Twilio, remote (new)
Business Development Associate — Travel Age West/Northstar Travel Group, Los Angeles (new)
Marketing and Social Media Specialist — Minnesota State Fair
Associate Director of Marketing & Promotions — New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
Charity ODonnell says
McCurtain County Tourism Authority is searching for a full service advertising agency for the fastest growing destination in Oklahoma. We are currently accepting RFP’s, deadline to submit is March 7, 2022. Contact Charity O’Donnell to request a bid packet.
Laurie Jo Miller Farr says
Thank you, Charity. I’ll include in this week’s issue. Kind regards, Laurie