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Director of Data Analytics and Market Insights - Tourism Economics

Erik Evjen, CHIA

Erik Evjen is Director of Data Analytics and Market Insights for Tourism Economics. Upon joining Tourism Economics in 2019, Evjen was tasked with developing and managing a new division for the company focused on data analysis &…

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Chief Advocacy Officer - Destinations International

Jack Johnson

As Chief Advocacy Officer, Jack Johnson manages the overall public policy operations at Destinations International including member advocacy education and training, development of destination tools and best practices, coalition…

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Consultant - Work Wisdom LLC

Kate Coleman, MA, MA

Kate has built a career out of facilitating experiences and learning opportunities for business and community leaders from around the world and maximizing individual and organizational potential.  Toward this end, she has completed…

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Founder & President - Tourism Economics

Adam Sacks

Adam Sacks is the founder and President of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company dedicated to quantitatively-based consulting to the travel sector. Over the past twenty-two years, Adam has worked with hundreds of…

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Client Success Manager - Tempest

John Barnett

As a Client Success Manager at Tempest, John enjoys helping iDSS users maximize their efficiency and improve their workflows. With a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Criminal Justice, John's 8 years of experience in Case and…

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Executive Director - Pennsylvania Tourism Office

Michael Chapaloney

Michael Chapaloney is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Previously, Chapaloney was Director of Marketing & Sales at Whitaker Center for Science and…

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President/CEO - Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Jennifer Wesselhoff

Jennifer Wesselhoff is the President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. With more than 18 years of organizational management experience, Jennifer oversees all aspects of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism…

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Chief Executive Officer - Travel Oregon

Todd Davidson

Todd was appointed Executive Director of the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) in June 1996 and was named Chief Executive Officer in September 2004. Under Todd’s leadership, the tourism industry in Oregon has flourished…

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President & CEO - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

Richard Goldman

Richard Goldman is the President & CEO of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, a DI accredited organization, where he is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the area's success as a tourism and meetings destination. Under…

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Director - Arlington Convention and Visitors Service

Emily Cassell

Emily is Director of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service, a division within Arlington Economic Development and the official destination marketing organization for Arlington County. In this role since 2006, Emily has been…

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President - Meridian Reservation Systems

Robin Garrett

Robin Garrett is President of Meridian Reservation Systems, a provider of leading-edge reservation and ticketing technology for destination marketing organizations and their partners. Robin is an experienced tourism professional…

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Vice President of Marketing - CrowdRiff

Amrita Gurney

Amrita Gurney is the Vice President of Marketing at CrowdRiff, where she leads a team responsible for brand, content, product marketing, and demand generation. Prior to CrowdRiff Amrita ran marketing at high growth startups…

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Client Success Agent - Tempest

Chris Mateer

Chris Mateer is a member of the Customer Success team at iDSS, specializing in customer training and support. With an M.Ed in Instructional Technology and a background in teaching and coaching, Chris now works with optimizing use…

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Vice President, Tourism and Hospitality Division - ADARA, Inc.

David Bahlman 

David Bahlman is Vice President of the Tourism and Hospitality Division at ADARA, Inc. When he's not managing ADARA's Tourism and Hospitality Media and Analytics Solutions, David's favorite destinations to visit include the…

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VP, Marketing & Business Development - Arrivalist

Matthew Clement, CDME

Privileged to lend marketing experience and expertise while working with more than 150 destination marketing brands across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to promote local economic development through the power of…

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Writer & Speaker - Tourism Currents

Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough is a writer and speaker specializing in tourism, travel, and social media. She's written for many blogs and print publications and is also a certified Navy Master Training Specialist, with years of experience as…

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Director of Operations, iDSS - Tempest

Shelly Harper

As Director of Services & Development for iDSS, Shelly has more than ten years of experience working with travel and tourism professionals to help them realize their CRM, sales, and partnership goals. Shelly works with iDSS users,…

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Meetings Manager - American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Heidi C. Borter, CMP, HMCC

Ms. Borter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Secondary Education (English/Communications) and has since earned her Certified Meeting Professional and Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certifications.  Heidi…

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Director of Client Services - Tempest

Jenny Rose

Jenny Rose is Tempest’s Director of Client Services. She pairs over 10 years experience in the digital marketing industry with her previous career in journalism and public relations to identify successful marketing strategies for…

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Creative Director - Tempest

Michael Tripi

Mike is Tempest's creative lead for developing branding campaigns and works as the director for photography and video shoots. His marketing experience covering both agency and client side have given him the ability to produce…

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Director of Digital Media - Tempest

Andy Kurlander

Andy has over 16 years of enterprise level experience in online demand generation and acquisition, programmatic ad buying, search engine optimization, paid search management, online branding and direct response marketing, digital…

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Facilitator and Consultant

Troy Thompson

Hi, I’m Troy. I help people find human-centric ways to build teams, solve problems and do great work. Most people hire me to help them train teams, explain change, and define transformation. I speak frequently about empathy and…

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Meeting Event Manager - Maritz Travel

Una Kilberg CMP, CEM

Una Kilberg has over 20 years of experience in the meeting and hospitality industry. On the industry side she has experience as both a hotel sales and convention services manager all within the Hilton family of hotels. In her…

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Director of Destination Solutions - Knowland

Carleigh Dworetzky

As the Director of Destination Solutions at Knowland, Carleigh leads the charge on Knowland’s overall product and service offerings from the suite of TAP Products. Through these TAP products, Knowland produces monthly reports that…

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