Category Archives: People in the News

Building a Celebrity Brand

Michael Mina discovered early on that he would much rather focus on food and innovative culinary experiences than operate the actual buildings where his restaurants are located. The James Beard award-winning chef admittedly has more passion for seeking out the freshest seasonal produce compared to, say, figuring out ways to pack an eatery for dinner…

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Evangelist Extraordinaire

Guy Kawasaki knows that some meeting planners are flabbergasted to find out he charges upwards of $40,000 for a keynote speech in the United States (even more abroad). “What I tell them is, ‘If that’s shocking, here’s what I’ll do. If I don’t get a standing O, then it’s free. If I do, it’s double,’”…

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Meet Minneapolis Makes New Appointments and Promotions

  Sales Business Development Manager Karen Mahoney   Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association has appointed Karen Mahoney as the new destination sales business development manager. She brings 25 years of travel and hospitality industry experience and a strong sales background to the role, having previously served as group sales representative for the Mall of…

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Kansas City CVA Welcomes Industry Vet Ronnie Burt

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association has tapped Ronnie Burt to serve as the organization’s new president and CEO. Burt is currently vice president of sales and services for Destination DC in Washington, D.C. During his 23-year career, he also served in sales positions at the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority in New…

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Mitt Romney Back on Board with Marriott

Mitt Romney is back in business and returning to the hospitality industry. Four weeks after his bid for the White House came to a conclusion, the Republican candidate has rejoined Marriott International’s board of directors, on which he previously served from 1993–2002 and 2009–2011. Mitt Romney’s family has had close ties to Marriott for decades—in…

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