Category Archives: People

Ready for PRIME TIME

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware College: Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island There’s a responsibility you have to take the lead down the path others want to follow. I don’t take that responsibility lightly. The next 16 months are going to be the most exhilarating and challenging times…

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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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