William “Bill” D. Talbert III, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for more than three decades, indicates a plan to retire. Talbert will serve as a consultant to the bureau after a new leader is hired and before his contract expires in October 2022. He plans to “reboot” and start a branding company.
Bermuda Tourism Authority has announced the appointment of Charles H. Jeffers II, CDME as Chief Executive Officer. Jeffers, a Bermudian, joins from Visit Baltimore where he has been serving as COO since 2017. He has also served for 20-plus years in executive roles with Destinations International and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Ingrid Reisman has been named Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. She comes to the post from the Las Vegas Monorail Company, where she was senior vice president-chief marketing officer for more than 15 years.
Kara Franker, senior vice president of marketing and communication for Visit Lauderdale, has been named as the next CEO of Visit Estes Park in Colorado. She starts in the position in early May.
West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby is set to become one of the state’s two new Cabinet-level secretaries. Gov. Jim Justice signed into law House Bill 2019, which elevates the West Virginia Office of Tourism and the West Virginia Development Office from agencies within the West Virginia Department of Commerce to distinct entities within the executive branch of state government to reflect the importance of economic development and of tourism programs and initiatives.
Downtown Memphis Commission has named Paul Young as president & CEO of the organization. Most recently, Young served as division director for the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, where he was responsible for guiding community and economic development projects and initiatives.
Dana Lancellotti has been named as the new president & CEO of New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA). She comes to the post from her post as director of business development and tourism in Ocean County, New Jersey.
She replaces Marilou Halvorsen, who becomes the new vice president of state relations and government affairs at the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Congrats to Robert Patterson on his promotion to Senior Vice President Marketing Technology at MMGY Global.
Starr Butler has been named in the new position of VP-Booking and Events at Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, where a new sales team will be driving premier programming to the arena in Downtown Milwaukee.
Kristina Heney, EVP / CMO Hornblower Group announced that the company has rebranded its portfolio of water- and land-based activities under the name City Experiences. This brings 25 tours under a single umbrella brand, including overnight voyages on American Queen Steamboat Co., Victory Cruise Lines and Shore Excursions of America.
Douglas Ralston, president & CEO at TrueOmni, has announced a brand name change. Previously known as OmniExperience, the Scottsdale-based platform is a cloud-based eco-system with product is purpose-built products for sectors, including travel and hospitality.
Laurie Armstrong Gossy, longtime Senior Director of PR at San Francisco Travel Association has opened her own consultancy and will be representing Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority in partnership with Weidinger Public Relations.
Nik Dehejia has been named President & CEO of the Conservation Society of California – Oakland Zoo where he has served in executive roles for 14 years.
Seth Swan, formerly head of marketing (US West) at Big Bus Tours, joins Get Your Guide as Senior Destination Manager.
Kenneth Guerriero joins Summit One Vanderbilt as Director of Digital Marketing after honing his skills in fashion and retail with brands Victoria’s Secret, Bloomingdale’s, Aeropostale, as well as startup, ROOM.
Why is this guy smiling? Well, it was 72º and sunny in March. And Indianapolis posted the nation’s highest downtown hotel occupancy for two weekends in a row (87% and 96%), beating downtown Miami and Tampa numbers during spring break. Plus, he says, “Every Hoosier ages 16 and over (including my boy Cannon Hoops, who will get his this week) is now eligible to be vaccinated. So all of the above.” — Leonard Hoops, president & CEO, Visit Indy
Metrics Don’t Equal Strategy: The Rise of Destination Intelligence
April 14, 2021 | 1 pm ET
Moderator: Matt Clement, Managing Partner, Madden Media
Panelists: Matt Borud, Marketing & Innovation Administrator, Idaho Department of Commerce; Kalene Griffith, President/CEO, Visit Bentonville; Brett Stawar, President & CEO, Visit Port Aransas
C.A. Clark, VP Technology, Miles Partnership; Kim Palmer, Destination Optimization Program Director, Miles Partnership, Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director, Martin County Florida Office of Tourism & Marketing
President & CEO — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
VP-Information Technology — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
VP-Marketing — Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
VP-Marketing AND VP-Sales — Visit Wichita
VP-Marketing — Visit Florida
President & CEO — Visit Franklin, TN
President & CEO — Visit San Antonio
President & CEO — Visit Greenville, SC
Executive Director — Explore Utah Valley, Provo
Executive Director — Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wausau
Executive Director — eXplore Lawrence, KS
Executive Director — Douglas County Travel and Tourism, GA
President & CEO — Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO — Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, CO
President & CEO — Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Americus, GA
Executive Director — Colorado Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Director — Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Executive Director — Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Washington, VA
Executive Director — Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition, Marylhurst, OR
Executive Director — Tulsa Community Foundation
Executive Director-Downtown Odessa, Inc. — City of Odessa, TX
Executive Director — Madison Chamber of Commerce, CT
Executive Director — Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, LA
Director of Finance & Administration — Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, MD
Director of Communications — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Director of Brand Marketing — Sonoma County Tourism, CA
Senior Director — Membership Engagement — Destinations International
Management and Program Analyst — U.S. Department of the Interior, Wash., D.C. (or remote)
Director of Marketing & Communications — North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Shreveport, LA
Director of Marketing & PR — Visit Beloit, WI
Marketing Project Manager — Travel Portland, OR
Deputy Director of Marketing — Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL
Advertising Sales & Membership Development Manager — Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Strategic Communications Writer — Dept. of Transportation | State of Georgia
Communications Manager — Downtown Long Beach Alliance, CA
Content Marketing Writer AND Creative Producer AND Multimedia Designer — Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Marketing/Sales Manger — Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Social Media & Content Associate AND Digital & Creative Associate AND Partner Relations Manager — Visit Pensacola
Business Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Manager — Visit Natchez, MS
Communications Coordinator — Downtown Raleigh Alliance, NC
Digital Content Marketing Coordinator — Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, Chandler, AZ
Economic Development Tourism Manager — City of Danville, VA
Sales Manager-SMERF — City of McKinney, TX
Historic Preservation Coordinator — Commonwealth of Kentucky
Business Development Director — Expedia Group, Chicago
Account Supervisor — MMGY Global, LA
Account Director — Miles Partnership, Denver (Remote)
Social Media & Digital Content Manager — Miles Partnership, Pine Bluff, AR
Chief Sales Officer — Arrivalist, NYC or Naples, FL
Product Marketing Manager — CrowdRiff, Toronto
Business Development Executive — Simpleview (select remote states)
Client Success Manager — Bandwango, (remote)
Creative Director — Digital Edge, Jacksonville, FL
Executive Director — Milwaukee Zoo
Content Distribution Strategist — National Basketball Association, NYC
Creative Director — Obama Foundation, Chicago
Director-Marketing & Communications — Ad Council, remote
Director-Brand Marketing‚ The Walt Disney Company, NYC
Director-Global Brand Marketing & Activation — The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
Director of Digital Innovation — The Public Interest Network, Denver
Digital Director — Art Basel, NYC
VP-Sales & Marketing — Putnam Museum & Science Center, Davenport, IA
Director of Marketing Strategy & Business Development — Lindblad Expeditions, NYC
Multiplatform Editor-Newsletters — Los Angeles Times, El Segundo, CA
Director of Media Campaigns — Offbeat Media Group, Atlanta Metro
Principal Content Strategist — SurveyMonkey, Portland, OR
Associate VP-Digital Strategy — Do Big Things, Remote
Senior Account Manager-Brand Partnerships — Leaf Group, Santa Monica, CA
Account Supervisor-Travel & Lifestyle — Evins PR, NYC
Social Media Intern AND Freelance Graphic Designer — The Von Mack Agency, New Orleans
Director, Customer Success Enablement and Scale — TripActions, San Francisco
Director of Guest Experience — Aquarium of Niagara, Buffalo-Niagara, NY
Editor — SB Magazine, Shreveport-Bossier, LA
Event & Venue Coordinator — Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY
Manager, Partner Strategy & Ops (San Francisco) AND Associate Writer — Snap, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Growth Strategy Lead-News — TikTok, Los Angeles