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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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