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Experient Sales Network Continues to Expand
Experient, the source for integrated meeting and event solutions, announces the further expansion of its sales team with four new Account Managers to the Experient Sales Network (ESN). The ESN is a team of independent business development specialists known as Experient National Account Managers (ENAMs) located in primary customer markets throughout the world.
The newest ENAMs joining the Experient team are Dave Berenhaus, CMP; Debra J. Collins, CMP; Luis Dieppa and Danielle Sadler.
Berenhaus joins Experient with more than 25 years’ industry experience. Most recently, he was with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) where he was responsible for all aspects of meetings and conferences with 1,500 – 15,000 attendees. Prior to that, he worked for the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Association for Educational Communications & Technology, the National Perinatal Association (an Association Management Company’s primary client), and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. He serves on the University of Maryland Parent Advisory Council, and has held leadership roles in other non-profit associations. Berenhaus resides in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.
Joining Experient with both planner and supplier experience, Collins is an expert independent meeting professional planning and managing city-wide conventions for associations, corporate meetings and industry events ranging from 10 to 9,000 attendees. She is also a veteran of the hotel industry—working for Hilton National Sales in Chicago as Director of Sales and Renaissance Hotels International in Business Research. She began her career in hotel operations and sales at several former Stouffer Hotels & Resorts. Collins is a CMP instructor and has been featured at many events as a speaker/moderator on a multitude of industry topics. She resides in the Chicagoland area.
Dieppa comes to Experient from Hoteles Catalonia where he was Director of Sales & Marketing, North America Division. Previously, he served as Director of Sales & Marketing USA for Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Maya at Marival Hotel Group, spearheading operations of the first U.S. office specializing in all-inclusive properties. Prior to that, he directed product development initiatives, sales and negotiations for Apple Vacations. Dieppa resides in Atlanta.
With 20 years’ experience in the hospitality/travel industry and client services, Sadler brings with her a corporate meeting planning and freelance project management background. Combined with her expertise in branding and visual communications, she has successfully executed full-scale events and conferences while complementing the client’s vision with her own innovative ideas. She has managed operations and logistics for cosmetic and pharmaceutical meetings, advisory boards and sales incentives. Sadler resides in the Los Angeles area.
Experient, a Maritz Travel Company, leads the meetings & events industry as one of the best-known and most respected brands in the world. Its core offerings include event intelligence, attendance building, technological innovation, experiential enhancement, risk management & security, and revenue generation & cost savings for association, tradeshow and government clients. Experient employs professionals dedicated to fulfilling its vision of transforming business and people through the event experience by delivering leading-edge solutions in registration, housing, event planning and management, site sourcing, contract negotiation, mobile apps, lead retrieval, marketing and data management for meetings, conventions and exhibitions around the world. Visit www.experient-inc.com for more information. Media kit and staff portraits may be found at www.experient-inc.com/press.
New Assistant Director of Sales Announced at Duke Energy Convention Center
The Duke Energy Convention Center and its Global Spectrum management are proud to announce the promotion of Andi Sempier to the newly created role of Assistant Director of Sales. In addition to her previous responsibilities as the Senior Sales Manager for the Center, Andi will now be assisting in the development of future targets to further diversify the event mix and continue to grow as a leader. For additional information about the Duke Energy Convention Center, please visit www.duke-energycenter.com.
“Andi exemplifies the Global Spectrum How Ya Growin principal and what we strive to accomplish here for all of our employees at the Duke Energy Convention Center,” said Ric Booth, General Manager. “I have had the pleasure of working with Andi since she joined the Center in 2007, where she immediately had a positive impact on our team and on the revenues of this Center. She will bring all her skills in this new role and will continue to raise the bar for herself and the rest of our Staff. Both the DECC and our Downtown Stakeholders are fortunate to have Andi helping to sell our destination.”
Andi joined Global Spectrum and the Duke Energy Convention Center in 2007, and has since worked her way from sales manager to assistant director of sales. Prior to joining the Global Spectrum team, Andi gained hospitality experience with major hotel brands in New Orleans and Cincinnati. With over five years at the Center, Andi has achieved success working in most of the major market segments, including Associations/Business Trade, Religious/Fraternal, Consumer Shows and most notably developing Corporate bookings.
The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Global Spectrum and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 36 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping catering cuisine. For details on the convention center or to book exhibit or event space visit www.duke-energycenter.com or call 513-419-7304.
About Global Spectrum:
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 115 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks.
Meet Minneapolis welcomes Sales Account Executive Joe Santarius
Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, is pleased to announce Joe Santarius as new sales account executive in the Destination Sales department at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He brings more than two years of experience in sales, marketing and communications to this position.
Santarius most recently worked as a senior environmental and engineering recruiter for Bloomington, Minn.-based Aerotek. As a senior recruiter, Santarius performed cold calling and lead generation to assist with gaining new clients and requisitions, assisted with qualifying and writing requisitions for office clients and evaluated candidates’ strengths in comparison to clients’ requirements. Previously, he worked as an account executive for Duluth-based The Campus Special, LLC, where he directly assisted in providing growth for the Duluth market and experienced consultative selling.
Santarius graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
As sales account executive, Santarius will promote and sell the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) and City of Minneapolis as a premier destination for meetings and events, while achieving room night and revenue goals that positively impact the MCC, local hotels, and the community. Other duties include assisting in the coordination of MCC site inspections; attracting and retaining events at the MCC; and establishing effective working relationships with meeting planners, hotel sales personnel and other hospitality industry suppliers.
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Rathke named CVB director
The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau proudly announces that Susan Rathke has been hired as the new Director of the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rathke will begin her new position immediately.
Rathke has been serving as the Interim Director of the CVB for the past eighteen months and has worked for the Chamber and Visitors Bureau for twenty-one years. She has lived in the community for over forty years, and is an active member of the Emporia community having served on numerous boards and committees through the years.
Current Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, Diane Trofholz, shared her thoughts on Rathke‘s qualifications, "I am very excited about Susan and the potential she brings to the CVB. She is a long-time employee, has great passion, and is very committed to the development and growth of tourism in our community."
Chamber Chairman Ron Thomas had similar thoughts on Rathke’s new role as CVB Director, “I am more than pleased that Susan will be permanently appointed as the Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Susan has done a great job for the CVB for over two decades and has really shined the past year and a half in the Interim Directors role, showing great leadership, vision and an unmatched positive attitude. She is very involved in the community, has a tremendous work ethic and will keep the CVB moving forward.”
Aside from her outstanding community involvement, Rathke has many years of professional work experience. She is a Kansas Destination Specialist through the Travel Industry Association of Kansas; was awarded the WE Kan! Award in 2009 from the Kansas Sampler Foundation; is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Emporia and has played a major part in the multiple marketing awards that the Visitors Bureau has received over the years at the Kansas Tourism Conference.
Rathke is married to Edward Rathke, the municipal facilities manager for the City of Emporia, and the couple has two daughters and four grandchildren.
The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to have Susan Rathke move into the position of Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “She has proven herself over the past few months and is a great fit in this position,” says President and CEO Jeanine McKenna.
Daren Kingi, Former Marriott & Hilton Executive, Joining Visit Indy as Senior Vice President of Sales
Visit Indy, the official destination marketing organization for Indianapolis, has named Daren Kingi its senior vice president of sales.
Kingi joins Visit Indy after a distinguished 29-year career in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as vice president of sales, Western Mountain Pacific Area, for Marriott International. In that role he was responsible for room sales for 65 Marriott hotels in five major markets including San Francisco, Denver, and Seattle.
“Daren is a savvy and proven sales leader who has delivered outstanding results at property and above-property levels for nearly three decades,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “His history of success with two iconic hotel brands and Indy’s surging appeal as a convention and meeting destination are a formidable combination.”
Kingi will lead a 25-person team at Visit Indy responsible for generating more than $500 million in annual visitor spending through citywide events (groups using the Indiana Convention Center and/or other major venues and rooms in multiple hotels) and single-hotel meetings, as well as group leisure travel producers (domestic and international tour operators). He will join Visit Indy April 7.
“I’m excited to come to Indy with fresh eyes and perspective from all the major markets and roles I have served in,” said Kingi, whose experience with Marriott and Hilton has included leadership positions in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii. “As someone born in the Midwest, Indy’s culture speaks to me and my family. And Indianapolis being voted the top convention destination in the nation (by USA Today Travel readers in 2014) is really impressive. While I’m truly appreciative of the opportunities and experiences I’ve had with Marriott the past 13 years, joining the team at Visit Indy was very compelling.”
Indianapolis boasts 4,700 hotel rooms connected to the Indiana Convention Center – more connected rooms than any city in the country – among its 7,100 rooms downtown. The center completed an expansion in 2011 and offers 566,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, three ballrooms and 71 meeting rooms.
Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts) is connected to the center and adds another 183,000 square feet of exhibit space to the complex. Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the Indiana Pacers) is connected to the center by Georgia Street, a three-block outdoor event and entertainment space.
Indy’s convention district also includes a 250-acre urban park with a 3-mile canal walk and internationally acclaimed zoo, the 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail (the centerpiece of Indy’s recognition in the New York Times “52 Places to Visit in 2014” list), and 250 restaurants, pubs, shops and attractions all within a 10-minute walk of the center.
Kingi is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Hawaii. He and his wife, Paula, have an 18-year-old daughter and two boys, ages 12 and 15. He succeeds Michelle Travis in the position after Travis joined Conference Direct, a major event management and hospitality services firm, earlier this year.
The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure visitors. According to a recent study by Rockport Analytics, 26 million people visit Indianapolis annually, generating $4.4 billion in economic impact and supporting 74,000 full-time employment positions.
For more information, www.VisitIndy.com.
Aurora Area CVB Hires Mike Pfeiffer
The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced the hiring of Mike Pfeiffer as the new Group Sales Agent.
Pfeiffer will be engaged in promoting the ten communities within the Aurora Area to initiate sales for the area’s lodging establishments. Some of the groups and events that will be encouraged to utilize the Aurora Area are conventions, meetings, trade shows, sporting events, conferences, reunions, bus tours, weddings and other group travel opportunities.
The American Diabetes Association has scheduled the Tour de Cure on June 8 with bike routes that cover much of the CVB marketing area. The CVB will also participate in the IPW show in Chicago April 5-9 in an effort to bring international visitors to the area.
“We are pleased to have Mike Pfeiffer on the Aurora Area CVB team as we look to grow the number of visitors to the area,” said Dale Berman, President of the Aurora Area CVB Board of Directors. “Mike will be an integral part of the CVB as he helps the organization promote tourism to the area which helps bring revenue and jobs to our local economies.”
Pfeiffer has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of fields including operating an award winning sales and marketing firm for 17 years. He currently lives in Yorkville and has been very active in several organizations throughout the Aurora Area including Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce, Knight of Columbus and Yorkville’s St. Patrick Men’s Club.
The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau serves as the tourism marketing and management organization for Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, North Aurora, Montgomery, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville. This not-for-profit destination marketing organization is committed to promoting the Aurora Area to the traveling public. More information about the Aurora Area CVB may be found at via www.EnjoyAurora.com.