Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service, retired last week. “Soskin, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2021, spent the last decade and a half sharing her personal experiences and the efforts of women from diverse backgrounds who worked on the World War II home front. Her interpretive programs at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park also illuminated the histories of African Americans and other people of color, and her efforts demonstrate how her work has impacted the way the NPS conveys such history to audiences across the United States.” — National Park Service salute to #RangerBetty
Just wow and here’s to a Happy Retirement, Betty. Read more about Betty’s remarkable career here. [Image: Ranger Betty Reid Soskin in front of the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. NPS Photo/Luther Bailey]
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Joe Heller to Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications. He joined the bureau in 2017.
Scott Wilson is named President and CEO of Visit Temecula Valley in Southern California. He served as chairman of the DMO’s board of directors, to which he was appointed in 2019. In addition to hotels and resorts, Wilson’s background includes executive sales positions with Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Las Vegas Convention & Tourism Authority.
Percy Stevens has joined Sonoma County Tourism as Director – Travel Trade. He comes from Visit Durango as Director of Sales & Marketing, prior to which he was Director of Global Business Development for San Francisco Travel Association.
Visit Seattle welcomes Peter Andersen in the role of Senior Director, Convention Strategy. He brings a background in hotel sales & marketing and revenue management, including executive roles with Kimpton and Fairmont.
In New York State, Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that Michelle Enright will be the new Executive Director. She has been with the bureau for three years.
Shavonne Harding is the newest National Sales Manager at Choose Chicago. Based in Washington, D.C. covering the East territory, she joins from Visit Baltimore. Harding has previously been with the Freeman Company and Destination DC.
Beth Bear is joining Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau as an Economic Development Specialist. She is formerly head of the Jersey County Business Association in Illinois.
Ruben Labin has started a new position as Tourism Development Manager at San Diego Tourism Authority. He was with Visit Temucula for seven years, prior to which he was a hotel sales executive in Greater San Diego.
Nellie Freeborn announced she is leaving after five years as Executive Director of Visit Visalia in California.
In Alabama, Kristen Pepper, Director of Marketing at Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, departs the DMO that she joined in 2016.
Meg Berno is now Digital Content & Social Media Manager at Experience Columbus, Ohio where she’s been promoted from Social Media Manager. She joined the DMO from Visit Dublin, Ohio in 2021.
Also joining the team is Aaron McPherson as Social Media Coordinator.
Elliott Coleman has joined NYC & Company as Human Resources Manager. He brings a background in human resources, talent acquisition and payroll from industries outside travel.
Linda Horowitz rejoins U.S. Travel Association as Director, Member Engagement. She was most recently with Visit Fairfax in Virginia as Domestic/International Sales Manager – Tour & Travel, prior to which she was with Destination DC.
Chris Ellis has rejoined Brand USA as Director Partner Development. He had most recently spent eight months with Visit Florida as a Regional Partnership Manager and had previously been with Brand USA as Senior Director Global Trade Development.
Justin Leiser departs as Brand Engagement Manager at Visit St. Pete Clearwater, which he joined in 2017 following several years with NASCAR in Daytona Beach.
Robin J. Thompson is now Destination Meetings Manager at Destination Greater Victoria, Business Events Victoria, based in the U.S. She had been with Destination Canada for 20+ years.
Katie Barnes joins Zartico as Senior Strategic Advisor. Based in Colorado, she had been involved in executive roles in Marketing Cloud & Business Development at Inntopia for 13 years.
Also joining Zartico, Emily Hendricks has come aboard as Creative Designer. She had been Creative Manager at Visit St. Paul for five years before establishing her own business venture.
Sara Kain Meaney has joined Caraggio Group, a Miles Partnership company, as Principal. She was recently Secretary of Tourism for Travel Wisconsin for two years, prior to which she was Chief Marketing & Development Officer at Milwaukee Film.
Rob Rosenblatt has joined CrowdRiff as Customer Success Manager. He brings a background in marketing, social media, and customer experience in hospitality.
Brianna Francis departs Visit York County in South Carolina as Vice President Marketing & Communications to join Madden Media as Public Relations & Content Specialist.
Tedd Evers, Founder & CEO at TripTuner has taken on a new role as Global Partner Lead for Travel & Hospitality at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Jackie Douglas will join as Vice President of Customer Success to take over day to day operations supported by another industry veteran Bill Diebenow as Director of Partnerships.
Brittany Chapman has been promoted to President-PR & Social at Lou Hammond Group. She is based at the Tampa Bay officer and joined the company one year ago from Aqua Marketing & Communications.
Lindsay Moore has been promoted to Vice President, Managing Director at Augustine Agency, which she joined 10 years ago.
Travel industry news site Skift is promoting Sean O’Neill to senior hospitality editor overseeing coverage of the hotel industry worldwide. O’Neill has covered travel tech (see job openings below) for Skift for the past six years.
Kristen Nyhan has started a new position as Senior Manager, Destination Marketing at Delta Air Lines. She joined the company in late 2019.
“Investing in the future generation of destination experts,” we join with others in extending warm congratulations to the Destinations International 2022 Class of 30 Under 30.
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President & CEO — Visit Baton Rouge, LA
President & CEO — Visit Greenville, SC
Executive Director — Muncie Visitors Bureau, IN (new)
Executive Director — Visalia Tourism Marketing District, CA
Executive Director — Hart County Chamber of Commerce, GA
Senior Vice President of Marketing — Destinations International (new)
Senior Vice President — Visit Tulsa, OK
Vice President Marketing & Communications — Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, LA
Vice President Finance & Operations AND Vice President of Sales — Visit Albuquerque, NM
Vice President of Sales — Visit Austin, TX
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita, KS
Vice President of Sales AND Director of Event Management AND National Sales Director DC Area AND Site Experience Manager AND Network & Systems Engineer — San Diego Tourism Authority, CA
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications AND Champion of People and Culture — Destinations International, Wash., D.C.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, SC
Executive Director — Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Randolph Riverfront Center, LA
Executive Director — Discover Gloucester, MA
President & CEO — Visit Gilroy, CA
Executive Director — Manistee County Visitors Bureau, MI
Executive Director — Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, WI
Director — South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Executive Director Diversity Division AND Global Tourism Coordinator AND Content Manager AND PHL Sports Coordinator AND Marketing & Communications Coordinator AND National Accounts Manager-Midwest/West — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, PA
Vice President of Communication Strategy AND Digital Content Manager AND Digital Web Manager — Visit Philadelphia, PA
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion AND National Account Executive-Chicago AND Digital Content Marketing Associate — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Chief Tourism Development Officer —OneSpartanburg Inc.,SC
Director of Marketing — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AK
Director of Strategic Research & Analysis — Travel Portland, OR
Director of Sales AND Director of Human Resources AND Sales Manager AND Partner Engagement Manager — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Director of Digital Marketing & Media Relations — Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Director of Development — Palm Beach County, FL
Director of Marketing AND Marketing Communications Manager AND Web & Digital Marketing Manager AND IT Manager AND Graphic Design Coordinator AND Manager Visitors Center at Boston Common — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, MA
Senior Copy Director AND Senior UX Designer AND Creative Operations Project Manager AND Technical Project Manager AND Coordinator Member Programs & Services — NYC & Company
Senior Director Marketing Analytics — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, NV
Director Marketing & Communications — Visit El Paso, TX
Marketing Manager — Visit Savannah, GA
Marketing & Sales Director — Visit Durango, CO
Marketing Manager — Colorado Tourism Office, (new)
Marketing Manager AND Partnerships Development Manager — Visit Pittsburgh, PA (new)
Chief Sales Officer — Explore St. Louis, MO (new)
Director of Economic Development — City of Suffolk, VA (new)
Marketing Director — Visit Modesto, CA
Senior Product Development Manager — Houston First, TX (new)
Director of Visitor Services — Visit Corpus Christi, TX (new)
Senior Manager Destination Services — Discover The Palm Beaches, FL (new)
Senior Manager Research AND Partnerships Manager AND Special events Manager AND Membership Manager AND International Sales Coordinator AND Partnerships & Alliances Assistant — Destination DC, Wash., D.C.
Manager International Marketing AND Senior UX Designer AND Creative Operations Project Manager AND Technical Project Manager AND Coordinator Trade Shows & Events — NYC & Company
Marketing Manager Tourism Sales — New Orleans & Company, LA (new)
Brand Marketing Manager AND Content/Social Media Manager AND Content Manager AND Communications Manager AND Executive Administrative Assistant — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Citywide Destination Services Manager — Visit Denver, CO (new)
Sales & Marketing Manager — Oregon Coast Visitors Association, (new)
Sports & Adventure Marketing Manager — Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office, UT
Marketing Communications Manager — Visit Orlando, FL
Marketing Partnership Manager — Experience Grand Rapids, MI
Social Media Manager — Tempe Tourism Office, AZ
Copywriter/Editor — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC
Content Producer — Visit Detroit, MI
Content Lead AND International & Domestic Sales Coordinator AND Senior Production Coordinator — Experience Kissimmee, FL
Web and Digital Marketing Manager — Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, PA
Marketing Manager AND Web Marketing Manager AND Executive Meetings Manager — Visit Denver, CO
Leisure & Group Tourism Marketing Manager — Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, GA
National Sales Director — Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA, San Francisco Bay Area/ remote (new)
Convention Center Sales Manager — City of Phoenix, AZ
Digital Content Manager — Visit Norfolk, VA
Digital Marketing Manager — Explore Brighton Howell Area, MI
Content Lead — Experience Kissimmee, FL
Public Relations Manager — Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, NC
Communications Manager — San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Communications Manager — Explore Brighton Howell, MI
Senior Coordinator Sales & Marketing Operations — Visit Seattle, WA
Events Manager — Experience Grand Rapids, WI
Events Development Manager — Visit High Point, NC
Sales Coordinator — Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, TN
Membership Coordinator — Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, GA
Administrative Services Manager — Visit Santa Clara, CA (new)
Administrative Assistant — Visit Erie, PA (new)
Accounting Specialist — Visit Phoenix, AZ (new)
Visitor Services Manager — Explore Billings, MT
Marketing Manager — City of College Station, TX
Venue/Tourism Coordinator — City of Greenville, TX
Festivals and Events Coordinator — City of Southlake, TX
Marketing & Events Coordinator — Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, SD
Community Development Director — Goshen Economic Development, Torrington, WY
VP-Strategic Planning — MMGY Global, Overland Park, KS
VP-Marketing AND Senior Designer AND Senior Web Developer — CrowdRiff, Toronto
Accessibility Program Director AND Content Manager AND Interactive Producer AND Web Developer AND IT Specialist AND HR Generalist AND Media Planner AND Senior Art Director AND Programmatic Media Buyer, Adgenuity — Miles Partnership
Director Destination Strategy-West — Madden Media, remote
Senior Tourism Advisor AND Data Engineer AND Solutions Implementation Specialist— Rove
Director of Marketing Operations AND CRM Analyst AND Marketing Automation Specialist AND Account Associate AND Designer — Simpleview, Tucson, AZ
Tourism Public Relations Account Executive — Development Counsellors International, Houston, TX
Senior Data Scientist — Sojern, remote
Senior Digital Marketing Strategist — Streetsense, remote (new)
PR Agency Senior Account Executive — Lou Hammond Group, NYC
PR Account Supervisor — R&R Partners, Las Vegas, NV (new)
Manager Marketing Analytics & Insights — Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Celebration, FL
Senior Manager – Strategic Ticket Sales & Tourism – New York Yankees, NYC
Internal Communications Manager — Omni Hotels HQ, Dallas (new)
Senior Ad Sales Manager — Kayak, remote
Marketing Content Manager — Delta Vacations, Atlanta (new)
Manager Public Relations — Holland America Line, Seattle, WA
Senior Marketing Automation Manager — City Experiences, NYC (new) AND Director of Product — City Experiences, Marina del Rey, CA (new)
Content Manager — American Queen Voyages, Fort Lauderdale, FL (new)
Regional Public Cruise Manager — Hornblower Group, San Francisco, CA (new)
Specialist Web Content — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Miami, FL
Senior Manager International Marketing — Virgin Voyages, Miami, FL (new)
Events & Outreach Coordinator — Port of Everett, WA (new)
Senior Marketing Lead-Brand — Airbnb, San Francisco, CA
Manager, Digital & Social Content — The Leading Hotels of the World, NYC
Director – Content Data Science — Snap Inc., Mountain View, CA
Travel Tech Reporter — Skift, remote