Guest Speakers


 

Keith Backsen

Executive Director, Visit Omaha

Keith Backsen has 30 years of experience in the hospitality and convention industry, having worked in Portland, Dallas, Chicago and Spokane before accepting the Executive...

Coryn Briggs

Digital Marketing Manager, Traverse City Tourism

Coryn Briggs is the Digital Marketing Manager at Traverse City Tourism. A Detroit area native, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master's in Recreation...

Marissa Brown

Director of Information Technology, Catch Des Moines

Marissa Brown is the Director of Information Technology at Catch Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa. She has been with Catch Des Moines for 11 years. She started as a Sales...

Jared Bundy

Director of Digital Marketing, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Jared Bundy entered the travel industry in spring of 2017 as the director of digital marketing at the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, a three-county outdoor destination near...

Renée Chow

Director of Marketing, Experience Columbia SC

Renée Chow began working at Experience Columbia SC in 2012 after beginning her career at a digital firm focused on political campaigns and fundraising. With 10 years of...

Katie Cook

Director of Digital Marketing, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Katie Cook is the Director of Digital Marketing of Visit Austin. In this role, she oversees all digital marketing strategy, the organization’s website, social media...

Ty D'Amore

Director of Strategic Partnerships, AudioEye

Ty is a leader in the accessibility space and vocal advocate for digital inclusivity. Instrumental in developing and managing the partnership with CU Solutions Group, Ty...

Kayleigh Dumas

Marketing Assistant, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Kayleigh has worked at the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, a tri-county region just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, since March 2018. Her role as the marketing assistant includes...

Jeff Duncan

President and CEO, Meetingmax

Jeff Duncan has been in the tourism & travel business for twenty years. He is the President and CEO of Meetingmax, one of the largest providers of event accommodation...

Amir Eylon

President & Partner, Longwoods International

Amir Eylon joins Longwoods from his previous role as Vice President, Partner Engagement with Brand USA, the public-private partnership serving as the destination marketing...

Christine Felton

Marketing Manager, Visit Austin

  Christine Felton is a Marketing Manager at Visit Austin and has been with the organization for three years. She manages the VisitAustin.org website content, partner...

Michael Fruchtl

Sr. Regional Sales Manager, Act-On

Michael Fruchtl is a Sr. Sales Consultant with Act-On Software. He has been in the marketing automation space for five years with the last three years at Act-On. He has...

Jasmyn Goodwin

Director of Marketing and Content, Visit Omaha

Jasmyn Goodwin has been described as possessing “stunning, energetic style.” Well…she actually read that in a movie review but feels it also works for her....

Madison Graves

CRM Coordinator, Visit Frisco

As the CRM Coordinator for Visit Frisco, Madison is passionate about giving her team the tools they need to be successful. Working primarily in the CRM, Madison thrives on...

Michael Hansberry

Strategic Insights Manager

Michael has 6 years of analytics and research experience, previously working in the digital and public relations sectors. Michael specializes in pulling insights that help...

Ed Harris

Chief Marketing Officer, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

Edward Harris is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, representing Montgomery County, PA. Prior to joining the non-profit tourism...

Chad Hays

Sr. Online Marketing Manager, Visit Phoenix

Chad is the Sr. Online Marketing Manager at Visit Phoenix. He’s been with the organization for six years and his key responsibilities include managing VisitPhoenix.com...

Audrey Johnson

Director of Marketing, Visit Albuquerque

Audrey Johnson is the Director of Marketing at Visit Albuquerque. She has been with the organization for 8 years, and has seen 3 website transitions over that time. She loves...

Cat Kessler

Director of Content, Explore Asheville

Cat Kessler is the Director of Content at Explore Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. She oversees content strategy and development across the...

Laura Levi

Digital Marketing Coordinator, Visit Cheyenne

Laura Levi has worked and volunteered in hospitality and event planning industries most of her life. She started as Programming Director for KRQU in Laramie, and moved on to...

Gabrielle Matthews

Database Marketing Manager, Experience Kissimmee

Gabby has been with Experience Kissimmee for four years as the Database Marketing Manager. In her role, she is the resident CRM guru and is responsible for training new and...

Meagan McGuire

Vice President-Sales & Services, Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

Meagan is the vice president of sales and services for Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Des...

Debbie McKeown

CRM Administrator, Québec City Torism

Debbie McKeown is the CRM Administrator for Québec City Tourism. On staff for the past 15 years, most of them as a coordinator with the Sales Team in Meeting &...

Heather Moreno

Sales Operations Manager, Visit Seattle

With over 20 years of experience in hospitality and a passion for operations, Heather understands client service needs in the DMO world. She studied at the Cornell School of...

Joell Morin

Director of Digital Marketing, Bloomington MN

Joell has been in the hospitality industry for 20-plus years, ten of which have been with the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau. As the Director of Digital...

Elisabeth Oruba

Manager of Multilingual Content Services, Making Waves

Elisabeth is a multilingual Content Expert with over 10 years’ experience of service delivery for international organizations. She has always worked in cross-cultural...

Jaymee Rayford

Destination Development Coordinator, Visit Oakland

Jaymee Rayford is the Destination Development Coordinator for Visit Oakland. An Oakland-native, she spends much of her time exploring new restaurant and capturing her...

Terri Roberts

Program Manager, 2Synergize - A Simpleview Consulting Company

Terri brings over 30 years of hospitality industry sales and professional development experience to her role. She partnered with Destinations International for ten years,...

Andrea Robyns

Marketing Technology Director, Experience Grand Rapids

Andrea Robyns is the Marketing Technology Director at Experience Grand Rapids. For the past 16 years, she’s overseen the CVB’s website, social media strategy, and...

Niklas Schlappkohl

Senior Director, Travel Solutions, translations.com

Niklas Schlappkohl is the Senior Director, Travel and the in-house expert for the Travel industry. He leads the Travel vertical and provides strategic language consulting for...

Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki

Managing Director, 2Synergize - A Simpleview Consulting Company

Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, CDME, CMP of 2Synergize, LLC, a Simpleview consulting company, is a passionate advocate of convention and visitors bureaus and the...

Marney St. John

Director, Digital & Insights, Travel Alberta

Marney joined Travel Alberta in 2005 to lead their marketing efforts in North America. Within a couple of years, she took on the challenge of developing and launching the...

Eric Thompson

Vice President of Marketing, Visit Salt Lake

Eric Thompson is a 20+ year veteran in the DMO industry and is the Vice President of Marketing for Visit Salt Lake. He oversees sees a tremendous marketing team that...

Andrea Timbes

CRM Analyst, Visit Fort Worth

Andrea Timbes is the CRM Administrator for Visit Fort Worth. Working under the Meeting Sales umbrella, she manages the CRM, functions as lead catcher, provides training...

Joe Veneto

Founder and Principal, Veneto Collaboratory

Joe Veneto, is founder and principal of Veneto Collaboratory, formerly Opportunities Unlimited, a management consulting and training company. He collaborates with Destination...

Kimberly Vince-Cruz

Vice-President, Destination Analysts

Having spent the last decade conducting market research for destinations, the travel trade and meetings industry, Kim directs and implements the vision of all Destination...

Vimal Vyas

Director of Information, Security and Digital Innovation, visitRaleigh

Vimal Vyas is the Director of Information, Security and Digital Innovation for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. As marketing technology director, he is...

Mike Wagner

Information Systems Specialist, Traverse City Tourism

Mike Wagner is the Information Systems Specialist at Traverse City Tourism in Traverse City, Michigan. His role is centered around managing data, accounts, and listings in the...

Andreas Weissenborn

Director, Research & Advocacy, Destinations International Foundation

Introduced to the world of destination organizations by a random internship application to Visit Baltimore (then known as Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors...

Monty White

Director of Marketing, Visit Irving

Monty is the director of marketing for the Irving, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he oversees marketing and digital marketing for both the CVB and the Irving...

Marissa Willman

Director of Digital Marketing, Greater Palm Springs CVB

Marissa Willman is the Director of Digital Marketing for the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. She oversees the CVB’s digital marketing strategy,...

Jackie Workman

Sales Information Manager, Louisville Tourism

Jackie has been working for Louisville Tourism for over 10 years. She started her career with LT in the Convention Services Department, working with clients and partners...

Ray Presley

CRM Administrator

Ray Presley is a native Floridian and began his career serving in the United States Army for ten active years and five inactive years. After being given the opportunity to...

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