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Marketing Manager - Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Melissa Williams

As Marketing Manager for the Colorado Springs CVB, Melissa works closely with her team to deliver results-oriented marketing campaigns for the Pikes Peak region. Her specialties include marketing strategy, implementation, graphic…

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Vice President of Marketing - Visit Saint Paul

Adam Johnson

For more than a decade, Adam has brightened the spotlight on Minnesota’s capital city through social media strategy, digital marketing, and capitalizing on events (like the Super Bowl, Ryder Cup, and St. Patrick’s Day) to drive…

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Executive Director - Visit Santa Rosa

Brad Calkins

Brad Calkins is currently the Chief Eating & Drinking Officer (AKA: Executive Director) of Visit Santa Rosa, a private business organization that brings visitors, conferences and events to Santa Rosa.  Prior to Executive Director,…

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Vice President of Marketing - VisitLEX

Gathan Borden

Gathan D. Borden is the Vice President of Marketing for VisitLEX, the Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this role, he is responsible for the overall advertising, branding, marketing, public relations, social media, visitor…

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Executive Director - Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jack Wert, FCDME

Jack has dedicated over 25 years to tourism destination marketing. He has created and led two destination marketing organizations in Florida, first in Seminole County near Orlando and for the past 15 years in Collier County. Jack…

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President & CEO - GO Cedar Rapids

Aaron McCreight, CDME

Aaron has been the President & CEO of GO Cedar Rapids for three years. During that time the organization has updated its mission to include product development by creating the Cedar Rapids Ale Trail, adding a sell-out Dinner 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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Executive Director - Visit South Jersey

Devon Perry

Devon Perry joined Visit South Jersey as marketing director in 2015.  In this role, she closely shadowed the executive director, and when the opportunity presented itself, she was well acquainted with the position and truly the…

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President/CEO - Visit Ogden

Sara Toliver, CDME

Sarah is President/CEO of Visit Ogden. Sara received her BS and MBA degrees from Utah State University before opening three retail stores on Historic 25th Street. The ensuing redevelopment of this historic district led to Sara’s…

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CEO & Founder - BizBash

David Adler

David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash is a veteran media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from corporate and association to high-end personal and…

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Senior Director of Strategy & Education - TwoSix Digital

Brian Matson

Brian has been a part of the travel and tourism industry since 2003 and was the long-time Marketing Director at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau where he pioneered several digital and social media promotional…

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Founder - TwoSix Digital

Dave Serino

Dave Serino is the founder of TwoSix Digital and a 28-year veteran of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. He deployed his first web site in summer of 1995 as the Marketing Director of the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors…

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President & CEO - Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Steve Goodling

Steve Goodling is President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (LBCVB), an organization that makes up a vital part of Long Beach’s economic health. Overnight visitors to Long Beach generate more than $300 million…

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Director of Client Services - Tempest

Jenny Rose

With more than 10 years of experience in the digital marketing industry, Jenny brings her previous career background in journalism and public relations to identify successful marketing strategies for her clients. 

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President & Chief Creative Officer - Tempest

Gregory Shapiro

Gregg is the President and Chief Creative Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for driving the creative strategy and directing the creative team on the project from concept to completion, including UI and UX strategy and…

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CEO and Chief Strategy Officer - Tempest

Alex Heimann

Alex is the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer for Tempest and is responsible for leading innovation, strategy, and execution for Tempest. Alex is a true leader in the digital marketing landscape. He has created award-winning strategy…

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Client Success Manager - Tempest iDSS Division

Megon Ungar

Megon brings more than seven years of experience working in tourism and hospitality in Philadelphia, New York City, and Tel Aviv to her role as Client Success Manager with Tempest. Megon has worked at high-profile, luxury hotels…

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Managing Principal Attorney - Zhang Law PC

Dafan Zhang, JD MPA

Dafan is an attorney with a passion for law, technology, business, and policy. Prior to founding his own law firm, he practiced at one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, representing elite global financial institutions…

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Director of Business Development - Tempest

Derek Mogar

As Director of Business Development with Tempest, I am able to spread my passion for travel, technology and digital marketing by bringing in new business to a first-class, collaborative and creative culture. At Tempest, we strive…

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Client Success Manager - Tempest - iDSS Division

Shaneka Holliday Dawsonia

As a Client Success Manager, Shaneka provides support and training for iDSS users. She works with iDSS users at dozens of destinations throughout the United States to make sure their training and support needs are taken care of and…

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Director of Services & Development - Tempest iDSS Division

Shelly Hervey

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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Chief Business Development Officer - Tempest

Mark Lynch

As Tempest's Chief Business Development Officer, Mark has more than 20 years of experience working in destination marketing and events both on the meetings/event side and the DMO side. His background experience and constant…

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Director of Digital Strategy - Tempest

Britt Brouse

Britt brings more than ten years of experience in journalism and online marketing to her position as Digital Strategy Director with Tempest Interactive.  She has expertise leveraging content marketing, SEO, social media campaigns,…

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Chief Technology Officer - Tempest

James Spibey

James is the Chief Technology Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for leading the development team in implementing the back-end content management system for the website. James is a technology leader with many years of…