In Wisconsin, Destination Door County has selected Julie Gilbert as the new President & CEO following a nationwide search. Gilbert joins from Destination Niagara USA, most recently serving as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
She has served as the chair or a board member of the National Travel and Tourism Association Research Board, U.S. Travel Association IPW Advisory Group, and the Foundation Research Advisory Task Force for Destinations International.
In Arizona, Marcus Carney has been named Executive Director of Visit Yuma following a national search. He was previously Tourism Manager at Visit Seattle and has also been with Tourism Walla Walla, and Tacoma CVB.
Richard Porges is named President & CEO of Destination B.C. in Canada. He had been serving as interim in that role and was previously Vice President of Corporate Development.
Skagit Tourism Bureau, a new organization dedicated to marketing the region (north of Seattle in Washington State) has hired its first CEO.
Jake Buganski will start in the position November 1. He was most recently Vice President of Strategy at Tempest, the Philadelphia-based digital marketing agency. Prior, his DMO experience included executive director roles at New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism and South Jersey Tourism Corp. as well as Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau in New York State.
In Western Pennsylvania, Laura Herrington is the new executive director for the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, which she joined in 2014. In May 2021, she was named interim director after the retirement of the previous executive director.
Cassandra McAuley will be joining the MMGY NextFactor team as Vice President – Destination Planning. She joins following seven years in senior executive roles with Tourism Calgary.
Choose Chicago has chosen Tamara L. Jones to be promoted to Senior Director Convention & Trade Show Sales.
Dan O’Connell, president & CEO of Visit Fort Wayne in Indiana has announced plans to retire after more than three decades in the role. The organization says O’Connell will officially step down at the end of the year and that the board of has tapped executive search firm SearchWide Global.
Peter Harrison has retired this week following 27 years’ service at Destination BC, most recently as Director of Industry Partnerships and Visitor Services.
Madison Dawson is the new Director of Tourism at Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission in Arkansas. Most recently, she served as the tourism development manager for the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma.
St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Minnesota, has named Rachel Thompson as Executive Director to fill the role vacated by Julie Lunning, who becomes president of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce. Thompson moves into the position following six years as the bureau’s sales manager.
Kathryn Hyatt has been promoted to Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Laura Jacobson has joined the team at NYC & Company as Coordinator, Tourism Development. She joins from ALON Marketing Group.
Kathryn Baker is now Content Coordinator at Visit Baltimore, joining from a content marketing internship role at American Shakespeare Center.
Jennifer Bozzo is now the Events Manager at the Charlotte Convention Center & Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority in North Carolina. She joins from Columbia Convention Center in South Carolina.
Natalie Turner joins MMGY Global as an Account Coordinator on the Pure Michigan team. She’s a recent journalism graduate of the University of Kansas and a recent legislative intern at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Adam Castar joins Relic Agency in Provo as a Podcast & Content Coordinator on the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. He had been a Tape Operator at Audacity, Inc. for WFAN/CBS Sports Radio.
In Richmond, Virginia, Rebecca Hudson Meyers has joined Advance Travel and Tourism as an Account Executive. She joins following 18 years’ experience at LeisureMedia360.
Alyssa Stroker has joined Longwoods International. She had been a research associate at North Carolina State University and an intern at Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Orlando North, Seminole County in Florida announces two promotions and one new hire on the tourism team. Karen Aplin is now Tourism Director, Jessica Pickering is Tourism Manager, and Colby Goncalves, formerly concierge at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, comes aboard as Tourism Coordinator.
Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission requires a comprehensive list of facilities, grants, contacts, accommodation, etc. for event organizers. The organization is looking to create a clearinghouse of information that will make event hosting easier in the Capital Region of British Columbia. Closing soon. More details here.
Discover Puerto Rico has issued Requests for Proposals in which local, U.S. and international-based agencies may participate. The DMO issued RFPs for the following services:
- Digital Marketing Services & Web Development
- Traditional Media Buying Services
- Creative Services
- Public Relations
- International Services (PR & Sales Representation)
Interested agencies must obtain guidelines and requirements from www.discoverpuertorico.com/industry.
Submission deadline is Nov. 5, 2021. An industry task force has been developed to collaborate with Discover Puerto Rico’s executive leadership team in the selection of agency partners.
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President & CEO — Visit Fort Wayne, IN
President & CEO — Visit Santa Cruz, CA
Vice President of Tourism — Visit Denver
Associate Vice President-Global Brand Advertising — Visit California
Director Tourism Marketing — Visit North Carolina
Director of Marketing & Communications — Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, MD
Senior Marketing Manager — Visit Minneapolis
Social Media Specialist — Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Sales & Marketing Coordinator — Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau
Convention & Events Services Manager — Destination Madison, WI
Director of Convention Services & Events AND Senior Manager of Sports Marketing AND Business Intelligence Analyst — Visit Fort Worth
National Sales Manager AND Graphic Designer AND Content Coordinator AND Customer Service Rep— Visit Tucson
Analyst-Digital Analytics AND UX Design Lead — NYC & Company
Marketing Manager AND Market Research Analyst AND Sales Executive Assistant AND Sales Coordinator AND Accounts Payable Coordinator — Discover Puerto Rico, San Juan
Manager Digital Campaigns — Discover The Palm Beaches, FL
Content & Social Media Manager — Sonoma County Tourism, CA
Guest Experience Specialist — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Office Manager — Visit SLOCAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Convention Marketing Representative — Visit Orlando
Regional Marketing Manager Americas — Tourism New Zealand, Santa Monica, CA
Planning Director — Prince William County, Virginia
Account Executive, Travel — Google, San Francisco
Business Development Coordinator and PR/Content Cooirdinator— Relic Advertising, Provo, UT
Product Marketing Manager — CrowdRiff, Toronto
Senior Data Advisor AND Talent Partner — Zartico, remote
Digital Media Specialist — Madden Media, Tucson
Manager, Digital Paid Media — Development Counsellors International, Denver
Director of Membership, Northern Virginia — Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, Travel Association
Creative Director-Video & TV AND Creative Director-Editorial AND Associate Creative Director-Editorial & Video — Expedia Group, Seattle
Manager, Strategic Partnerships — Hopper, Wash D.C.
Director of Partnerships & Activations — American Dream, East Rutherford, NJ
Director of Marketing & Communications — Opera Omaha
Director of Marketing & Communications — American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA