Nick Cusick is now Events & Marketing Coordinator at Visit Cook County, Minnesota. Previously, he was with Visit Saint Paul, most recently as Marketing and Communications Director.
Rebecca Merry-Barrango is returning to Visit Napa Valley as Business Development and Sales Manager. She had previously worked with the DMO for eight years and was also formerly with San Diego Tourism Authority and United Airlines.
In Georgia, Marietta Visitors Bureau welcomes Mason Jordan as Marketing and PR Coordinator. He brings three years of project management as well as a degree in strategic communications from Oklahoma State University.
Maria Sheetz has taken on the role of Journera as Director of Sales, Tourism. She joins from Brand USA where since 2017 she had been Senior Director, Partner Engagement and Development. Her background also includes Amtrak and Choice Hotels.
Stefan Merkl has joined Go City as the new VP, Trade Sales, Americas. Recently re-branded from Leisure Pass Group, he had been working with the multi-attraction pass company on a contract basis for five years.
Kristin (Schaller) Thompson has joined the team at Zartico where she is now Product Education Manager. She joins from Awana, a child-focused global nonprofit.
Marcelo Miranda has joined the team at Summit One Vanderbilt in NYC in the role of Director Marketing Technology. He joins from Hudson Yards and previously was with Empire State Realty Trust.
Heather Jensen has been named Director of Communications at Nashville’s Music City Center. A former local television broadcaster, she joins from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The pandemic has significantly accelerated the demand for improved digital tools across the industry. Facing reduced resources, progressive destination marketing organizations will want to explore the untapped capabilities of digital.
Whether it’s harnessing social and user-generated content (UGC) for campaigns or engaging stakeholders and amplifying their digital presence, the interconnectedness we have all come to expect has a considerable role in the future of tourism.
Join us for a look behind the curtain at what DMOs are doing to leverage their “e” capabilities and get some ideas for how to make digital work for you.
David Peacock, Senior Advisor to the Future Tourism Group, Simpleview
Leroy Bridges, VP Digital Communications, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Aaron Nissen, Director of Digital Marketing Strategy, Simpleview
Jason Swick, VP Strategy and Insights, Simpleview
Monty White, Director of Marketing, Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau