EJ King has been named as Manager, Social Media at Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Previously, he served as lead brand ambassador for Porsche Experience Center Atlanta.
David Bradley returns to the DMO as Vice President of Business Development at Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau & Sports Commission. Prior to his role as Vice President of Sales & Service since 2015, he had been Convention and Meeting Sales Director at Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.
Caleb Peterson has an expanded role at Visit St. Pete Clearwater as the Senior Business Development Manager of the Sports & Events Department. He joined the DMO in 2018.
Peter Harvey is now with Visit Sarasota County as Director of Sports. He joins from a role as Senior Director of Sport Development at the Buffalo Sports Commission where had had been since 2007.
Also at Visit Sarasota County, Shantel Norman is starting a new position as Interim Meetings Sales Manager. She has been with the DMO for nine years.
Also in Florida, Matt Algarin takes on a new role as Tourism Director at Visit South Walton. He joined the DMO in 2017.
Brady Renard joins Visit Lake Charles as the Director of Content/Video Marketing. As a Louisiana nomad, he is familiar with the destination where he spent the past seven years as sports director at the local news station, KPLC.
Visit Temecula Valley, California has promoted Annette Brown to Chief Marketing Officer. She previously served as the Senior Director of Public Relations and has been with the company for 11 years.
Devin McConnell has been appointed to a new role as Manager, Sustainability and Climate Initiatives at Sonoma County Tourism, which he joined in 2017. The Northern California organization is an industry leader in embracing the transition from destination marketing organization to destination stewardship organization.
Dustin Arnheim joins Choose Chicago as Senior Vice President Sales & Services from his prior role as Senior Vice President of Sales & Customer Experience at Visit Baltimore. Previously, he was in a senior sales role at Visit Indy.
Visit Salt Lake has named Suzanne Bajek as National Sales Manager for the Northeast region. She was most recently with Mohegan Sun Resort and is based out of Connecticut. Bajek will work with Karen Staples, Managing Director of Sales-East Coast.
Sarah Crock has been promoted to Leisure Marketing Manager at Experience Columbus, which she joined last year.
After 27 years, Mary Kerr is retiring as President and CEO of Destination Ann Arbor as of July 31.
Sarah Miller (right), the current COO of Destination Ann Arbor, will assume Mary’s duties as the Interim President & CEO. A search committee will be placed to move forward in naming a permanent successor.
Jerri Barkley will serve as the Executive Director of newly-formed Visit Chelan County, formerly called Washington’s Playground. She had been with Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.
After six years, Emily Bertram departs St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in Minnesota as Marketing Manager to join St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce as Director of Marketing & Communications.
Callie Easley has started a new position as Communications Specialist at Travel Texas. She was most recently a Marketing Executive with Visit Wales since 2019.
In North Carolina, Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Jonah Forte as Digital Marketing Manager. His background includes a role as photographer and assignment editor for Spectrum News 1 in Charlotte.
Mariana O’Connor is now in the role of Specialist, Digital Marketing Analytics at Destination Canada, based in Toronto.
Valerie Bradley has left her position at Visit Macon as Vice President of Marketing & Communications, which she joined in 2011. She joins Meta as a Partner Solutions Manager.
Douglas McClain has joined MMGY NextFactor as Senior Vice President of Destination Strategy. He joins from Visit Newport Beach, California, where he was Senior Vice President & CMO since 2014. Prior, he was a marketing executive with Visit Tampa Bay and Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.
Candace Carr Strauss has joined Wander as Vice President Partnerships & Community Engagement. Her DMO leadership roles as CEO include Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and Visit Big Sky / Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, she has been consulting on Brand MT within the Montana Department of Commerce.
Also, two internal announcements on the Wander team, Chris Spagnuolo (below left) was named as Chief Product Officer and Jonathan Davis (below right) was named as Chief Technology Officer.
Adam Johnson has been promoted to the new position of Sales Director at Zartico, which he joined in March 2021 from Adara following a 12-year career at Visit Saint Paul.
Jessica Bush Aslanian, a hospitality tech leader, has been appointed Vice President-Commercial at Flip.to.
Following a six-month national search, Alex Stettinski is joining San Jose Downtown Association as CEO, departing his role as Executive Director of the Downtown Reno Partnership in October. He had previously been COO and interim CEO at Visit West Hollywood and also Executive Director at Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Ariel Greenstein departs as Marketing Manager at Choose Chicago since 2019. She is heading to United Airlines to be a Manager of Aviate Marketing & Communications.
Merrick Vinke has started a new position as Media Manager at MMGY Global, which she joined last year.
Logan Hildebrand has joined Simpleview as a Product Marketing Manager. She departs Visit Topeka, which she joined in 2020, as Marketing Account Manager. Previously, she had been Digital Media Manager for the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.
Deborah Cohen moves to Director Brand Communications at Maritz Global Events. She departs Discover Puerto Rico as Director of Meeting & Convention Marketing, prior to which she was in a similar role with Branson Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Bruce Gudenberg joins MPI as Vice President of Business Development. He previously consulted in event and marketing at Hilton and Choice Hotels and started a new DMO for National Harbor, MD.
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