People News: ASM Global, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and More Scoop Up New Team Members, Promote Staff
The steady influx of new hires and promotions continues as corporate events move full steam ahead in 2023. Take a look at who’s landing new career opportunities or moving up the ladder!
Global venue management and event strategy leader ASM Global has appointed 20-year San Francisco travel and convention veteran Leonie Patrick as the new general manager for the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
In her new role, Patrick will work closely with ASM Global to continue attracting business to San Francisco’s largest convention and exhibition complex, already considered one of the industry’s leading convention centers.
A San Francisco native, Patrick previously served as vice president of convention sales for the San Francisco Travel Association, the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco, where she developed a successful track record of promoting the destination to attract business and leisure visitation.
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is continuing to grow its team with the announcement of two new managerial hires: Daniel Treuman as destination services executive and Tanya Hamel as national sales manager.
In his new role, Treuman will manage groups with a minimum of 250 hotel rooms on peak night, serving as the liaison between the sales department, meeting planners, ACVB member companies and trade associations to ensure the satisfaction of groups coming to Atlanta. He previously served as senior event manager at Atlanta Marriott Marquis, where he planned operational aspects of meetings and conventions for the property.
Hamel is responsible for selling and marketing Atlanta as a premier destination for groups using 51-1,200 hotel rooms on peak night, focusing on the Midwest, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia markets. She will also represent ACVB at trade shows and coordinate the participation of its partners. Before joining ACVB, Hamel served as senior sales enthusiast at Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown.
Global full-service event and experiential marketing agency Impact XM has appointed Jennifer Beindorf as senior vice president of client services. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the live event and experiential marketing industry to her new role, she will help lead the agency’s client service team to deliver premium solutions for each brand’s specific needs, with a focus on an in-depth understanding of clients business goals and objectives.
A strategic business and marketing innovator, Beindorf will leverage her expertise in business strategy, marketing, brand building, exhibit programs, corporate meetings, events and consumer activations to support the client service team.
She launched her career at Ford Motor Company before later moving to the agency side. Throughout her agency experience, she has worked with a variety of clients across tech, health care, financial services, automotive, heavy construction and consumer products verticals.
Georgia International Convention Center
The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) recently promoted seasoned industry veteran Darcel Ivey to senior sales manager, responsible for soliciting new and existing business for the Gateway Center Campus that includes the convention center, Gateway Center Arena and the Historic College Park Golf Course.
In her expanded role, Ivey will work secure the event space for both corporate and public community events, as well as trade shows and conferences. In addition, she is responsible for generating proposals and contracts and attending industry events and trade shows while working with several departments to ensure event success.
A skilled and detail-oriented sales professional, Ivey has worked with the GICC team for nearly 25 years, joining in April of 1998 and bringing multiple years of hospitality industry experience. Before joining the GICC, she served on the Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport team for over seven years, achieving multiple promotion advancements from administrative assistant to sales manager.
Visit Oklahoma City
Visit Oklahoma City (Visit OKC) is continuing its hiring momentum with the recent appointment of three new staff members to support the destination’s sports and convention demand.
Lesley Patterson has joined the Visit OKC Team as director of convention sales. She previously served as the director of membership at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and as the director of guest services at the Gathering Place in Tulsa.
Blake Ruggs, who has joined the team as sports sales manager, came to Visit OKC after working in Tulsa with Major League Fishing.
Liv Cowan has been appointed events services manager, responsible for supporting sports and equine events. A recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, she previously worked as the social responsibility coordinator at the YMCA of Greater OKC.
Global LED displays leader INFiLED recently welcomed industry sales leader Kathy Skinski as the new vice president of sales for INFiLED North America. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology and media industries, with roles at top media giants including ABC, WarnerMedia and Time Warner Cable.
Prior to joining INFiLED, Skinski was recruited to lead the broadcast, media and virtual production unit at Planar Systems, where she established an exceptional track record developing new partnerships, and alliance, and managing the North American sales team.
Delavan Lake Lawn Management
Delavan Lake Lawn Management in Delavan, Wis., has appointed Brandon McConnell as corporate executive of marketing, responsible for overseeing Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Lake Resort and new lakefront residential development Harbor Club at Lake Lawn Resort.
After previously working in the Geneva Lakes area for much of his career prior to taking on senior leadership roles in both Madison, Wis., and Chicago, McConnell brings hands-on career hospitality leadership, development and asset management expertise to his new position.
McConnell previously worked at two prestigious resorts before becoming president of a hospitality management company focused on boutique properties throughout the Midwest. In his most recent role, McConnell was the executive vice president for one of the nation’s leading full-service investment, ownership and operational houses with hotels and multi-family properties throughout the country.
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