Category Archives: Smart Moves

Washington Convention Center Names New President

Sept. 14, 2011 After 21 years, John E. Christinson has retired from his position as president of the Washington State Convention Center. Today, the WSCC announced that Jeffery A. Blosser, formerly the executive director of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will be his predecessor. Blosser has been with the Oregon Convention Center since 1989…

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TACVB Awards Mark W. Thompson

Aug. 11, 2011 The Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus has awarded Mark W. Thompson, director for the Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau,the designation of Texas Destination Marketer. To receive the award, professionals must enroll in the Texas Destination Marketing Certificate program, which teaches courses in eight areas of study related to Texas tourism. To…

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California CVB Appoints New Sales Director

June 29, 2011 California’s Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Teipo Brown Jr. as director of sales. The Tri-Valley CVB promotes a five-city region in the San Francisco East Baycomprised of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville. Brown is joining the CVB from his position as director of sales at the Oakland Marriott City Center,…

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Santa Fe CVB Appoints New Executive Director

June 22, 2011 The Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau appoints Jim Bradbury as executive director where he will oversee all departments of the bureau. Bradbury is a hospitality veteran, coming from more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  He has held positions at Corporacion de La Fonda, New Mexico Lodging Association and…

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Syracuse CVB Announces New Director

Jan. 26, 2011 In New York, the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Oncenter developed a sales position responsible for bringing in new multi-property convention business. William Adams was hired as convention development director, and will start in the position on Feb. 1. Adams has more than 10 years of travel and tourism sales…

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GHCVB Gets New VP of Sales

Dec. 17, 2010 John Solis, the former San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau assistant executive director, has joined the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau as vice president of sales. Solis has worked with the GHCVB as a sales consultant for the last year and a half, and as interim vice president of sales for…

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New Officers and Directors for WACVB

Oct. 25, 2010 At the recent Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual conference earlier this month, the organization’s newly elected officers and directors officially took office. Joel Racker, president & CEO of the Utah Valley CVB, is the association’s new president; Kathy Smits, executive director of the Beverly Hills CVA, is president-elect; Dale…

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Scott White Leaves San Antonio CVB

Oct. 20, 2010 Scott L. White, executive director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, accepted a position as president and CEO of the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority in Palm Springs, Calif. White is known for his work on the “Deep in the Heart” re-branding campaign for San Antonio….

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Smart Moves: June 2008

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has appointed Thomas Storey president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. He was previously the company’s executive vice president of development. Neil J. Mullanaphy, CHME was appointed executive director of sales and marketing, a newly created position at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. He was vice president of sales of GES…

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