Guest Speakers


 

Alexis Caldwell

Membership Services Coordinator, Experience Columbus

Alexis Caldwell is a Columbus native and a graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio. She’s been with Experience Columbus for over 2 years now in the...

Alicia Quinn

Strategic Brand Manager, Discover Lehigh Valley

Alicia M. Quinn is the Strategic Brand Manager for Discover Lehigh Valley ® , leading the marketing, advertising, media buying and branding that builds the region’s...

Andrea Timbes

CRM Administrator, 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...

Andres Weissenborn

Director of Research & Analytics, Destinations International

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

Ann Doyle

Lead Travel Tech and Grant Writer, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau

Ann has been with the Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB since 2013 and is currently the Lead Travel Tech and Grant Writer. In addition, she is co-owner, with her husband, of a...

Brenda Scott-Savage

Director of Membership, Greater Houston CVB

Ms. Scott-Savage has 30 years in the convention and tourism industry with DMO’s as Vice President of Community and Member Relations for the Metropolitan Tucson...

Brittany Lauro

Social Media Manager, Discover Newport

Brittany Lauro is the social media manager for Discover Newport. She’s responsible for developing and implementing social marketing strategies to expand the...

Casandra Morris

E-Business & Research Manager, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Casandra Morris, is the E-Business and Research Manager at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. She holds a Masters Degree in Marketing with e-Commerce from the...

Casey Ressler

Marketing & Communications Manager, Mat-Su CVB

Casey Ressler is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Mat-Su CVB in Alaska. He’s been with the CVB for almost 12 years after spending 11 years as a features...

Cathy Tull

Chief Marketing Officer, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Cathy Tull is the chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and...

Chris Pike

Director of Impact Studies, Tourism Economics

Christopher Pike is the Director of Impact Studies within Oxford Economics’ Tourism Economics division and is responsible for measuring the economic impact of tourism...

Claire Vilk

Partner Relations Manager, Travel Tacoma + Pierce County

Claire Vilk has been with Travel Tacoma + Pierce County for just over 4 years. Her initial role as Executive Asst. to the president eventually lead to a new position...

Dan Cook

Tourism Marketing Manager, Prince William County Office of Tourism

Dan, a recovering mall marketing professional, began his DMO career in 2016. He got his start in tourism and hospitality completing multiple Walt Disney World College Program...

Dave Whiteside

Director of Client Growth & Success, CLIENTSFirst Consulting

Dave Whiteside is Director of Client Growth & Success at CLIENTSFirst Consulting. Dave offers Clients extensive knowledge of marketing technology and business...

Deanna Sparling

Director of Operations, Barberstock

Deanna brings a wealth of industry experience to Barberstock, the leading Digital Asset Management system for tourism and travel. With over 10 years of hospitality and tourism...

Debbie McKeown

CRM Administrator, Québec City Torism

Debbie McKeown is the CRM Administrator for Québec City Tourism. On staff for the past 14 years, most of them as a coordinator with the Sales Team in Meeting &...

Derek Allman

Senior Marketing Manager, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) senior marketing manager Derek Allman, CHIA, has been in the destination marketing world for nearly a decade, working...

Emily Stuck

Program and Events Manager, Visit Fort Wayne

Emily Stuck is the Program and Events Manager at Visit Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, IN and has been with the organization for 7 amazing years. She prides herself on being the CRM...

Erin Francis-Cummings

President & CEO, Destination Analysts

Erin Francis-Cummings is the President & CEO of Destination Analysts. She has spent the last fifteen years studying travelers and the travel industry, and is at the...

Gretchen Pardon

Web Content Manager, Visit Knoxville

Gretchen Pardon is the Web Content Manager for Visit Knoxville. A Knoxville native, Pardon has worked in the tourism and marketing industry for over 13 years. Pardon has over...

Hannah Smith

Director of Marketing & Communications, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hannah Smith is a Double Dawg, holding two degrees from the University of Georgia. She’s one of a myriad of UGA graduates who came to Athens, loved the town as...

Heather Mowers

Manager of Digital Marketing & Technology, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg

Heather hails from central Pennsylvania and has been at Visit Hershey & Harrisburg (VHH) for a little over 2 years now as their Manager of Digital Marketing &...

Holly Clapham-Rosenow

Chief Marketing Officer, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

As Chief Marketing Officer, Holly Clapham-Rosenow leads the strategic direction for marketing and advertising for Houston as well as the Houston First Corporation. Since...

Jack Bonney

Content Manager, Visit Anchorage

For the last 8 years, Jack has been on the communications team at Visit Anchorage, in Alaska’s most populous city. As content manager, he responsible for the way that...

Jacob Burke

Digital Marketing & IT Operations Manager, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes

Jacob has worked in some aspect of the digital universe for over the past fifteen years in hospitality, tourism and higher education. As the CVB's very own...

Jake Schultz

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Huntington Beach

Jake Schultz is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager for Visit Huntington Beach. He joined the VHB team in March of 2017. Jake is responsible for the year-round digital brand...

James Trimble

Chief Operating Officer, EventBooking

James Trimble is the Chief Operating Officer of EventBooking, a venue management software company based in Knoxville, Tennessee that currently serves 900 convention centers,...

Jared Bundy

Director of Interactive Marketing, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

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

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....

Jessica Weissman

Web Manager, Visit Denver

Jessica Weissman is the Web Manager for VISIT DENVER. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO and attended Colorado State University where she received two degrees,...

John Weimer

CEO, Oncethere Inc

John Weimer is founder and CEO of OnceThere. Prior to OnceThere, he spent six years at HomeAway where he was Vice President of Corporate Development and Managing Director of...

Jon Niemann

Senior Account Executive, BluePay

Jon Niemann is a Senior Account Executive for BluePay. With over 20 years of sales experience, Jon has spent the last 10 years in merchant services understanding...

Julie Braunstein

CRM Administrator, Visit Tucson

Julie’s professional background working for tourism vendors, including Simpleview, led to her success with Visit Tucson. Completing her first round of Brainery...

Julie Grant

Digital Marketing Manager, Discover Newport

Julie Grant is the Digital Marketing Manager at Discover Newport. When she’s not behind the lens of her camera, she’s nose deep in the CMS & CRM for...

Karen Webenmeyer

Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Napa Valley

Karen manages Visit Napa Valley's website, email program and analytics, and loves promoting the beautiful Napa Valley. She previously spent 15 years in the software...

Kasey Gillam

Assistant Director of Communications, Explore Fairbanks

Starting with Explore Fairbanks as the Sales Coordination fresh after college graduation, Kasey has steadily progressed in job responsibilities to her current role as...

Kayla Mansour

Marketing Manager, Visit Irving

Wifey, Mommy, Foodie, Dallasite and working lady @VisitIrvingTx. Lover of social media & marcomm. You'll find me living life in sassy shoes w/ big hair.

Kelli Hilliard

PR & Travel Development Manager, Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

Kelli Hilliard is the PR & Tourism Development Manager for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. In her fifteen years in the tourism division, she has...

Kim Murden

Tourism Manager, Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kim Murden has led the strategic direction and initiatives for the City of Chesapeake’s Tourism department since establishing the organization in 2002. While serving as...

Kimberly Vince-Cruz

Vice-President, Destination Analysis

Kimberly Vince-Cruz is Destination Analysts’ Vice President. Having spent the last decade conducting market research for destinations, the travel trade and the meetings...

Lisa Baird

Marketing Manager, Visit Oakland

Lisa Baird is the Marketing Manager at Visit Oakland where she oversees digital marketing to promote Oakland as a travel destination. She also manages the company's...

Logan Hildebrand

Digital Media Manager, Kansas Tourism

Logan is a Digital Media Manager who works with travelers to help them discover why there is #NoPlaceLikeKS. She believes that creativity and passion should be a driver in a...

Madison Graves

Administrative Assistant, Visit Frisco

Madison Graves grew up in Bryan/College Station, Texas as the oldest in a family of 5. She left for college and graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in...

Matt Clement

Marketing Director, Arrivalist

A marketing data geek with a permanent case of wanderlust, Matt combines a love of destination marketing with an unabashed passion for the numbers and the stories they can...

Michael Noblitt

Chief Operating Officer, Distribion, Inc.

For nearly 20 years, Michael Noblitt has helped organizations rise through digital transformation. As Chief Operating Officer of Distribion, he oversees all of...

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...

Mo Sheirfdeen

Director, Global Integrated Marketing

Mo is responsible for Travel Oregon’s editorial mission of being a trusted source for travel inspiration and trip information to Oregon across print and digital...

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...

Nicole Grima

Operations Manager, Barberstock

Growing up in Malta, Nicole has a diverse background in public relations, procurement, customer service and technology. She brings her love for travel, admiration of...

Niklas Schlappkohl

Senior Director, Travel Solutions

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...

Paul Ouimet

Destinations International’s Managing Director, DestinationNEXT

Paul Ouimet is Destination International’s Managing Director of DestinationNEXT. During the past 18 years, he was one of three founding partners of InterVISTAS...

Raul Santillan

Sr. Partner Experience Manager, VisitDallas

Raul Santillan, Sr. Partner Experience Manager with VisitDallas has worked for the organization for 10 years, working hand in hand with various departments within the...

Richard Vaughan

Partner, Keyway

Rick has served in leadership roles with Marriott, Westin and Sheraton starting in restaurants, conventions services and sales & marketing positions around the country. He...

Shawn Brown

Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Pensacola

With nearly 20 years of experience, Shawn Brown currently serves as the Digital Marketing Manager for Visit Pensacola. He specializes in web development and management, email...

Susan Takano

International Sales Manager, Sonoma County Tourism

Born and raised in Sonoma County, I have the wonderful opportunity of promoting my home as an overnight destination to tour operators, travel producers, receptive operators,...

Tom Martin

Author, Founder & Speaker, Converse Digital

Tom is a no nonsense, straight-talking 25-year veteran of the sales & and marketing business who favors stiff drinks, good debates and helping destinations grow their...

Tony Cameron

Director of Marketing & Communications, Maine Tourism Association

Tony Cameron is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Maine Tourism Association. He began in this position in October of 2015. Before joining the Maine Tourism...

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...

Zach Brown

Director of Marketing, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

Zach Brown has been part of the marketing department for the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board for the last four years, and this year was promoted to Director of...

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