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Jack Runkle

Runkle is venue manager for etc.venues’ first U.S.-based location in New York City. Most recently, Runkle was corporate general manager of project management for Convene in New York City. Before Convene, he worked as assistant director of event operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Cristian Teusen and Nicole Coghlan

Teusen and Coghlan are area directors of operations for Commonwealth Hotels.

Teusen recently worked as general manager for Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron Canton Airport in Ohio. Teusen serves on the board of trustees for Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association and is vice chair of the association’s membership committee. He has won several awards, he received Hilton Hotel’s General Manager of the Year award in 2019, Hilton Connie Pride Award in 2017 and 2018, and Conrad Hilton Award in 2019.

Coghlan previously worked as dual general manager of Hilton Garden Inn Hoffman Estates and Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg in Illinois. She also worked with White Lodging Services as regional director of operations and general manager.

Kelly Saling

Saling is senior vice president and chief sales officer for Visit Seattle; she most recently served as the organization’s vice president of convention sales and services. Saling is a board member for MPI’s Women’s Advisory Board, serves on Destinations International’s sales and services committee, and is on the steering committee for MINT+. Saling is also an active member of Professional Convention Management Association.

Lizzie Means-Duplantis and Sarah Means

Sarah (left) and Lizzie (right)

Cowboy boot company Miron Crosby founders and sisters have been named inaugural PlaceMakers at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. As PlaceMakers, the sisters will design activations and programming for guests highlighting Dallas through their fashion- and design-centric expertise.

Chris Niederschulte and Stephanie Summerall

Niederschulte is general manager and Summerall is area director of sales and marketing for C. Baldwin in Houston.

Niederschulte previously worked with Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort in New Mexico as general manager. Before this, Niederschulte was general manager of two Texas-based hotels, Westin Houston Medical Center and JW Marriott Houston Downtown.

Summerall was previously corporate director of sales and acquisition marketing for property technology start-up Sentral. Summerall has served as area director of sales and marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Derek in Houston and Thompson Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Summerall was a board member of Houston First’s marketing committee in 2015-2019.

Aaron Levinthal

Levinthal is executive vice president for event production company MAS. Before joining Mas, Levinthal produced large-scale events with multiple production companies, such as USO Concert in Kuwait and Qatar, and AFL-CIO Concert and Amsterjam in New York City, as well as the Papal visit to New York City and the Mexican state dinner at the White House.

Stuart Maas

Maas is director of marketing and conference sales for Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority in Tahoe City, California; he previously worked as the company’s sales and marketing manager. Before joining Lake Tahoe, Mass was director of sales marketing and IT for Tahoe Sports and Powder House Ski & Board in South Lake Tahoe, California.

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