30 Under 30 Past Honorees

Investing in the future generation of destination experts, 30 individuals under the age of 30 will be selected annually to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year.

Meet the 2021 Class

Imran Ansari
Discover Long Island
Imran Ansari
Vice President, Discover Long Island

My name is Imran Ansari. I am Vice President of Community Engagement at Discover Long Island. Prior to joining Discover Long Island, I spent my career working in New York government and politics. Having recently worked for elected officials on the county, state, and federal levels, I am working towards ensuring that the tourism industry is well represented by our elected leaders.
Jasmine Armstrong
Visit Philadelphia
Jasmine Armstrong
Hotel Relations Manager, Visit Philadelphia

Jasmine Armstrong is a Philadelphia native. She joined the VISIT PHILADELPHIA staff in 2017 after graduating from Drexel University with a degree in Communications. Working at VISIT PHILADELPHIA is her first professional job post-graduation. She is a spirited young professional, raised in an entrepreneurial family which has prepared her for the work she does with the hotel community.
Derek Byrne
Visit KC
Derek Byrne
Social Media Manager, Visit KC

At Visit KC, Derek is responsible for the organization's social channels, as well as influencer partnerships and social promotions for large scale events such as the Big 12 Basketball Championships and Kansas City Restaurant Week. He has previously worked in communications roles at Texas A&M University and Development Counsellors International, a New York-based public relations agency representing domestic and international destinations. Outside of the office, Derek has served in a leadership role within the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's young professional network, connecting KC's emerging leaders with service opportunities throughout the area.
Rodrigo Carreon
Visit Lake Norman
Rodrigo Carreon
Visitor Services & Marketing Coordinator, Visit Lake Norman

Rodrigo started his career in the tourism industry three years ago as a Marketing Intern for Visit Lake Norman while pursuing a Marketing degree at UNC Charlotte. After five months and before graduating, he accepted a full-time Visitor Services and Marketing Coordinator position during his sophomore year. Rodrigo excels in a multitude of roles ranging from overseeing all visitor center operations, curating website, blog, and newsletter content to managing all social media channels and all group sales markets. He always provides exemplary customer service in enhancing the visitor experience. Rodrigo embraces change and is the epitome of a lifelong learner.
Emily Deckert
Explore Waterloo Region
Emily Deckert
Sales and Marketing Manager, Explore Waterloo Region

From graduating from the University of Waterloo to buying a house in Waterloo Region's countryside, I've fallen in love with this destination and since working at Explore Waterloo Region, I've truly become a tourist in my own backyard. I started my career in the sports industry working for professional football & lacrosse teams, but the past 5 years have taught me so much about the tourism industry as a whole, and that sports is just a small part of it. This organization and my role itself have grown so much, I'm excited to see what is next!
Colleen Dorney
Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
Colleen Dorney
Director of Outreach & Operations, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

Colleen Dorney is the Director of Outreach & Operations at Dutchess Tourism and is responsible for strengthening tourism partnerships and supporting the over 1,000 tourism-related businesses in Dutchess County. She also oversees film services, program development, and operations. A native of Dutchess County, Colleen joined the organization in 2016 and brought with her two years of nonprofit experience with AmeriCorps VISTA. She completed her Master of Public Administration in May 2019 from Marist College and holds her B.A. in History from Loyola University Maryland.
Zane Harrington
VisitDallas
Zane Harrington
Communications Manager, VisitDallas

A communications manager at VisitDallas, Zane Harrington promotes Dallas as an ideal leisure destination. He works to create, develop, and maintain public relations strategies and relationships with local clients, reporters, and partners. Zane serves as a main point-person for all media requests. A graduate of Baylor University with a BBA in Entertainment Marketing, he began his career as a CBS News press office intern in New York City, working with top publicists and CBS News executives, and returned to Dallas to become an account executive at A. Larry Ross Communications before joining VisitDallas.
DeShawn Hewgley
Nashville CVC
DeShawn Hewgley
Visitor Services Manager, Nashville CVC

DeShawn is the Visitor Services Manager at Visit Music City and will celebrate four years with the organization in 2021. She is responsible for training, developing, and empowering a team of Nashville Experts that consistently provide planning resources and exceptional service to Nashville visitors. She is a positive, intentional, and innovative professional who has found her passion in developing people to inspire visitors with the stories of Music City. Ultimately, DeShawn is a leader who combines her love of travel, people development and music to create memorable experiences for visitors that choose Nashville as their destination.
Mariah Hickman
New Orleans & Co.
Mariah Hickman
Marketing Manager, New Orleans & Co.

Mariah Hickman is a Minneapolis native who landed in New Orleans by way of Dillard University. Professional experience throughout her collegiate career includes internships in public relations, digital marketing, and destination marketing. Upon graduation, Hickman accepted a full-time position with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation as a Marketing Coordinator. Over the years, Hickman has made endless editorial contributions to the expansion of NewOrleans.com, supported several experiential marketing initiatives, and spearheaded a community outreach series for local, minority business owners. In January 2020 she was promoted to Marketing Manager of New Orleans & Co. where she heads content creation and direction for all @VisitNewOrleans social platforms.
Lauren Huffer
VISIT DENVER
Lauren Huffer
Partnership Services Manager, VISIT DENVER

Lauren Huffer is the Partnership Services Manager at VISIT DENVER. Lauren has been working in the hospitality industry for 13 years, beginning with her first job. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Hospitality Management degree, she ventured into event planning. She joined the tourism sector of the industry 2 years ago when she began her role at VISIT DENVER, where she works with over 1,300 partners in the Denver community. She has experienced professional success in event planning and fundraising, and thrives most in customer facing roles where she can personally connect with others.
Alicia Leamer
Travel Juneau
Alicia Leamer
Visitor Information Services Manager, Travel Juneau

Alicia Leamer grew up in Juneau, AK where seasonal tourism is a natural first job. Luckily, she fell into an industry she loves. After spending five years living in Europe and earning a B.A. in International Business, she returned to the visitor industry to share her passion for travel and her extraordinary hometown with others. In her current position, she applies the skills and experiences gained working in both the tourism and business world to help visitors have the best possible experience in Juneau and to support her team of over 150 volunteers who staff the visitor centers.
Jason Letwin
Explore Edmonton
Jason Letwin
Research and Performance Manager, Explore Edmonton

Jason's love of research began while he was completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree; and, having spent time as a Marketing Research Assistant, he was able to refine his skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. During his career with Explore Edmonton, Jason has been able to use those skills to build a research program that not only contributes to day-to-day operations, but to the organizational strategies as well. Jason has a knack for seeing the story behind the data and hopes to continue developing the narrative for Explore Edmonton through evidence-based decision making.
Silei Li
Atlanta CVB
Silei Li
Manager, Advertising, Atlanta CVB

Highly motivated and multitasking professional with a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Silei Li's journey with Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau starts with a 4-month digital marketing internship in July 2017. Later on, she was brought on as a China Market Manager to drive the organization's China market initiatives. Now, she is the Advertising Manager overseeing website personalization programs, improvement of the events calendar and content for all Chinese digital channels.
Shannon Lowery
Visit Savannah
Shannon Lowery
Content and Social Media Manager, Visit Savannah

Shannon manages both leisure and non-leisure social media efforts as the Content and Social Media Manager for Visit Savannah. She assists with editorial content for VisitSavannah.com and spearheads innovative content ideas and strategies. Some of her favorite projects include producing live broadcasts, hosting the podcast "Savannah, Georgia: Anything but Ordinary" and appearing in the popular "Hunter" video series. When she's not finessing Visit Savannah's social media strategy, you can usually find Shannon in historic Savannah walking one of her foster dogs or performing in local theatre productions. She's also a committee member and athlete for the Savannah Gaelic Athletic Association.
Bree Nidds
Discover Lehigh Valley
Bree Nidds
Vice President of Sales, Discover Lehigh Valley

Bree Nidds is Vice President of Sales at Discover Lehigh Valley where she oversees all strategies associated to meetings, conferences, festivals, and sporting events. Nidds has a proven history of leading regional sports tourism marketing efforts and was named a "20 in Their Twenties" by the Professional Convention Management Association. In her spare time, Nidds likes to write and has published work with the Trade Show News Network and Corporate Travel News.
Manuel Pimentel
Discover Puerto Rico
Manuel Pimentel
Multimedia Coordinator, Discover Puerto Rico

I began working in the tourism industry in 2017 when I worked for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, creating multimedia content, including commercial ads and social media posts. My main roles would be video editing and filming, amongst photography and producing. I then continued working as a Multimedia Coordinator for Discover Puerto Rico shortly after it was founded because of my experience and growing interest for tourism.
Zeke Ramsell
San Francisco Travel
Zeke Ramsell
Manager, Convention Sales, San Francisco Travel

Zeke Ramsell joined San Francisco Travel in 2018 and has been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. Having lived in the Bay Area for 18 years, he a passion for everything San Francisco. As a Convention Sales Manager, he manages CA groups and San Francisco markets, and is a great resource to meeting planners and anyone who is eager to return to San Francisco. In his spare time, Zeke loves exploring all the urban and rural hiking trails that the Bay Area has to offer.
Mara Rodas
Destination Toronto
Mara Rodas
Sales Coordinator, Destination Toronto

Mara is a team player who goes above and beyond expectations. She leads by example and consistently delivers strong outcomes. By bringing her "A-game" in data and analytics, and adding a creative flair to proposals, she is an integral member of Destination Toronto's sales team. A proud and passionate Toronto ambassador, Mara is inspired and energized by her vibrant and multicultural city. Apart from being a huge foodie, she also enjoys photography, music, pop culture, literature and science. She hopes to mentor and influence future generations so they too will become as enthralled with our industry as she is.
Lacee Rudd
Visit Panama City Beach
Lacee Rudd
Public Relations Manager, Visit Panama City Beach

Lacee Rudd joined Visit Panama City Beach as a Public Relations Manager in 2019, with over seven years of experience in marketing and management. She spearheads all public relations efforts for the Northwest Florida beachside community, including overseeing media relations and acting as the official spokesperson for Visit Panama City Beach. Rudd received her undergraduate degree in Professional Communication from Florida State University and her MBA from the University of West Florida. When she is not introducing influencers to the #RealFunBeach she loves to play with her husky, take the boat to Shell Island or read books on the beach.
Jé-Vonna Sampson
NYC & Company
Jé-Vonna Sampson
Manager, Borough Relations & Member Programs, NYC & Company

Jé-Vonna Sampson is a communications enthusiast with over 10 years in Community Engagement across industries, including nonprofit, academic, start-up, travel marketing. As NYC & Company’s Borough Relations & Member Programs Manager, her mission is to ensure the economic and social benefits of tourism in New York City are distributed throughout the five boroughs—with a particular emphasis on small businesses and communities anchored by marginalized folks. Her passion lies in ensuring her constituents maximize the resources afforded to them, and they are included when we tell the story of New York City. She is a leader, advocate and a continual asset to her team.
Maria Santos
Brand USA
Maria Santos
Manager, Global Marketing Programs, Brand USA

I'm a Venezuelan-American, bilingual marketing professional working as Manager for Global Marketing Programs at Brand USA. I work in support of the U.S.-based global marketing team responsible for negotiating in-kind media and creating international marketing programs. I negotiate, contract, and execute co-operative marketing campaigns focused in Europe and Latin America. Prior to Brand USA, I worked as an advertising specialist at Mercantil Commercebank, and previously worked as a marketing and product development analyst at Sabadell United Bank. I hold a BBA degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from Georgetown University.
Mary Sayewich
Ottawa Tourism
Mary Sayewich
Manager, Product Services, Ottawa Tourism

I am an events professional with 10 years of experience in the tourism industry. I spent four years building a robust Event Services department in a rapidly growing DMO and have expertise in managing host city event sponsorships and multi-stakeholder projects. Recently, I have shifted my focus towards implementing project management best practices in my organization, in hopes of building a more effective and agile work culture. I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.
Elizabeth Shanaman
Visit York County
Elizabeth Shanaman
VP Research & Market Analysis, Visit York County

Research in the travel industry has been the focus of Elizabeth’s career. Her time in destination management was launched with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in tourism management. She has eight years of tourism research experience, focusing on strategy development for destination management organizations. Prior to her role in York County, SC, she has held tourism research positions in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Austria. In addition, this May will mark her fourth semester as an adjunct instructor of tourism economics at Temple University.
Caleb Sullivan
Jackson County TDA
Caleb Sullivan
Sales and Marketing Manager, Jackson County TDA

Caleb Sullivan is the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority's Sales & Marketing Manager. He's authored several critical projects for the DO including an Accessibility Guide to the County, a Crisis Communications Plan, a Sales Strategy, and countless other projects. He is a native of the County he serves, and that familiarity lends to his experience in not only fulfilling his duties but also promoting sustainable and inclusive tourism industry for his rural southeastern DO. In 2021 he will embark on both his Travel Marketing Professional Certification from Southeast Tourism Society and also Professional In Destination Management certifications from Destinations International.
Nate Swick
Visit Indy
Nate Swick
Communications Manager, Visit Indy

Nate Swick is the Communications Manager at Visit Indy. He joined the team as an intern in January of 2016 before moving into a full-time role following graduation. Prior to joining Visit Indy, Swick worked with the NCAA on Communications and Marketing for Women's Basketball Championships. He is an active member of PRSA and the Midwest Travel Journalists Association, and currently serves on Butler University's Career Services Advisory Board and Young Alumni Board. Swick holds a media relations role on the 2021 NCAA Men's Final Four LOC and 2022 College Football Playoff Host Committee. He resides in downtown Indy.
Chase Wharton
Visit Tri-Cities
Chase Wharton
Business Development Manager, Visit Tri-Cities

Chase Wharton connects with the local communities to understand their needs while also securing partnership funding for Visit Tri-Cities. Additionally, he is a strong asset to the VTC marketing team in content creation, specifically video production and editing. His past work experience in multiple resort settings and DMO convention sales tied with his leadership and teamwork expertise leads to constant success for his team. Chase is currently enrolled in a Master of Hospitality and Tourism program at Purdue University and will use his education to further his impact on the local communities he serves.
Chelsea Whitman
Visit Anaheim
Chelsea Whitman
Meeting Sales Manager, Visit Anaheim

As a Virginian and finding her love of service as an event coordinator one summer in the Outer Banks, Chelsea pursued her degree in Hospitality Management at James Madison University. Starting her career as a Hyatt Corporate Management Trainee, she has found her way into the destination marketing world where she has advanced her business development skills starting at Destination DC. Chelsea currently serves the eastern region for Visit Anaheim as a Meeting Sales Manager driving meetings and conferences to Orange County hotels.
Leonard Williams
Bermuda Tourism Authority
Leonard Williams
Experience Satisfaction Coordinator, Bermuda Tourism Authority

My name is Leonard Williams, I am the Experience Satisfaction Coordinator at the Bermuda Tourism Authority. I am well on my way to 5 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry and I have worked on large scale events such as the 35th Americans Cup, and have lead local initiatives such as World Tourism Day Bermuda. I have also worked in Ottawa, with Assent Compliance, and in New York City with NYC & Company. Outside of work I am a huge sports fan and make sure to find time for the gym daily and for golf weekly.
Jeffrey Yau
Philadelphia CVB
Jeffrey Yau
Senior International Tourism Sales Manager, Philadelphia CVB

Jeffrey is an avid traveler, a passion that started at a very young age. As the son of immigrant parents from Hong Kong, Jeffrey's Chinese heritage has provided him with a unique perspective that helps him succeed in his role. Jeffrey manages the Asia-Pacific, India, and Middle East regions for his destination, ensuring that his city's partners and stakeholders create a welcoming and inclusive foundation to support the region’s diverse visitors. An amateur aviation enthusiast, you will oftentimes find Jeffrey on a plane or strategizing his yearly chase of loyalty points.
Emily Zertuche
Visit Corpus Christi
Emily Zertuche
Vice President of Marketing, Visit Corpus Christi

Emily Zertuche leads the Visit Corpus Christi marketing department as the Vice President of Marketing, with responsibility for overseeing the creative marketing vision for the travel journey and stay to Corpus Christi, Texas. Having served over 6 years at Visit Corpus Christi, Emily has pioneered the launch of the Visit Corpus Christi content strategy, designed and launched websites for her community stakeholders, and produced over 150 visual story-telling videos for visitors and residents. Interests include exploring her home destination of Corpus Christi, Texas through unique culinary, breweries, biking and of, course, heading to the gulf beaches.

Meet the 2020 Class

Christina Amrhein
VISIT FLORIDA
Christina Amrhein
Social Advertising and Emerging Media Manager, VISIT FLORIDA

Christina leads the development and execution of the global paid social media strategy for VISIT FLORIDA. Multiple Case Studies have been conducted on her campaigns' successes by Facebook and Pinterest. She came to VISIT FLORIDA from the Challenger Learning Center where she oversaw all marketing communications efforts and worked on high profile advertising campaigns in collaboration with major film companies including IMAX and Warner Brothers Studio. Prior to the CLC, Christina helped establish The Florida State University GEOSET, a global non-profit organization working directly for Sir Harry Kroto, 1996 Nobel Laureate.
Lisa Baird
Visit Oakland
Lisa Baird
Director of Marketing, Visit Oakland

Lisa is a Swiss born traveler, camping & adventure enthusiast, competitive board gamer, animal lover, pasta fanatic, and passionate marketer, rooted in Oakland. She develops strategic plans and organizational workflow, oversees planning, management and implementation of the marketing plan, and manages all aspects of Visit Oakland's digital content. Lisa is hungry to expand her knowledge and continue to develop her professional skills in this industry. While she has a deep love for travel, she remains truly inspired by the vibrant culture and sense of place in Oakland.
Rebekah Baughman
Kansas City KS CVB
Rebekah Baughman
Marketing & Events Coordinator, Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rebekah is an energetic and dedicated marketing specialist. With more than five years of experience, she combines her passion for storytelling and curiosity for travel market trends as a way to sell destinations to visitors. Outside of the tourism industry, she's volunteered with multiple nonprofit organizations and currently serves as the 2020 president for the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce young professionals group. She received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Emphasis in Strategic Communication in 2014 from the University of Kansas.
Meg Berno
Dublin CVB
Meg Berno
Marketing Coordinator, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Meg oversees content development and social media in Dublin, Ohio. Before joining staff, she worked as the Public Relations Coordinator for TourismOhio where she managed the State's publishing contract and blogger program. Meg studied Strategic Communications at Miami University (OH) before graduating in 2015.
Tyler Edic
Visit Savannah
Tyler Edic
Video Production Coordinator, Visit Savannah

Tyler is a New York native, named most likely to succeed in broadcasting in 2013 during his undergraduate studies and earned an MBA in 2017. He enjoys music (especially The Beatles), art, spicy foods, and skateboarding. Tyler joined the travel and tourism industry with Visit Savannah in 2018.
Christine Felton
Visit Austin
Christine Felton
Marketing Manager, Digital & Content, Visit Austin

Christine manages the VisitAustin.org website and oversees content for publications like the official Austin Insider Guide, Visit Austin email programs and the Austin Insider Blog. She holds a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas and is a second-year member of the Simpleview CMS User Group. She is passionate about travel, grammar, SEO, queso and live music.
Stephanie Fred
Visit Tampa Bay
Stephanie Fred
Public Relations Manager, Visit Tampa Bay

Stephanie started her public relations career at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay where she was their Associate Media Relations Manager for five years, launched major attractions and helped manage crisis communications as part of the park's association with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. In her current role, she manages publicity for Tampa Bay domestically and has self-published two award-winning cookbooks for the destination. She obtained her bachelor's and master's degree in strategic communications from the University of South Florida.
Taylor Fry
Pasadena CVB
Taylor Fry
National Sales Manager, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau

Taylor promotes Pasadena as a leading destination for conventions and meetings to a select clientele of national associations and corporations. He is responsible for identifying, developing and successfully booking these events in the Pasadena Convention Center & Civic Auditorium, as well as driving hotel room-night production to the city's hotels. Taylor previously worked in destination sales for the Anaheim/Orange County CVB, after he started his career with Hilton Hotels. Taylor graduated summa cum laude from the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona.
Taylor Greenwalt
Galveston Island CVB
Taylor Greenwalt
Creative Services Coordinator, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

After spending more than a decade working with digital media, Taylor has become a vital asset to the GICVB. In the digital world we now live in, it is an essential skillset to be able to bind the medium to the message. Within the tourism industry, we find ourselves constantly trying to reach visitors, speak to residents, and maintain an overall image for our destination. Whether it be media strategy, creating social content, broadcast or print, he prides himself on being at the forefront of destination marketing.
Michael Hensley
Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB
Michael Hensley
Group Tour + Niche Markets Manager, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

Michael was born and raised in Warren, Michigan. He studied at Saginaw Valley State University and graduated in 2017. After graduating, he stayed in the Great Lakes Bay Region to promote the region to tourists. He now serves as the Group Tour and Niche Markets Manager where he passionately works to show people why the region is such a special place to visit. Michael has been described as enthusiastic and dedicated about his work by friends and colleagues. Loyal to his newfound community, Michael makes sure every visitor feels right at home in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Diana Kelterborn
Visit Loudoun
Diana Kelterborn
CRM & Research Analyst, Visit Loudoun

Diana manages all research and data on hotel performance, short-term rentals, visitor surveys, marketing campaigns, visitor profiles, and economic impact. She received a Master of Tourism Administration degree from George Washington University and holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Cornell University.
Wesley Kirkpatrick
Visit Anaheim
Wesley Kirkpatrick
Social Media Specialist, Visit Anaheim

Wesley manages the brand's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, spearheads social media content creation for the organization and identifies, cultivates and manages high-level relationships with industry experts and influencers. Some of his key career accomplishments include increasing Visit Anaheim's cross-channel social media presence by 58.8%, or 113,000 new followers, increasing Visit Anaheim's Instagram audience by 458%, or 97,000 new followers, and managing content partnerships that resulted in hundreds of millions of social media impressions for Visit Anaheim.
Kylie Leslie
Visit Phoenix
Kylie Leslie
Destination Experience Designer, Visit Phoenix

Kylie graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Communication and moved to Phoenix to start her career in the hospitality industry at Visit Phoenix. She was recently promoted into a new role as Visit Phoenix's first Destination Experience Designer within Convention Services. In this role, Kylie focuses on working with convention clients to curate tailored attendance-building as well as destination engagement strategies. This includes collaborating with clients to create social media programs and identifying/planning attendee engagement initiatives that connect convention goers to our destination in an experiential way.
Tiffany Lutka
DuPage CVB
Tiffany Lutka
Digital Marketing Specialist, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

Personal and professional growth are among Tiffany's top values in and outside of the workplace. She is an active participant in webinars and industry conferences that allow her to expand her knowledge and skill set. Tiffany strongly believes that you must love and be passionate about your career in order to succeed.
Courtney Manson
Travel Alberta
Courtney Manson
Global Social Media Specialist, Digital & Content, Travel Alberta

Courtney is an ambitious and forward-thinking Digital Marketing Specialist who has a BA in Communications and Media Studies, with a minor in Economics from The University of Calgary, and who has a demonstrated history of working in the public relations, digital marketing and travel industries. Thriving in fast-paced, collaborative environments, she is skilled in social media management, social media advertising, influencer marketing, copywriting, ROI/KPI analysis and reporting, art direction, and brand development. She also enjoys curating high quality multimedia content, fostering healthy global online communities, driving brand awareness, and staying on top of emerging social trends.
Ronneisha Mayo
Cincinnati USA CVB
Ronneisha Mayo
Sales Account Executive, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Cincinnati native with a passion for writing, Ronnie developed a fascination for hospitality through her love to travel and serve people. As the oldest of eight, she knew that leading by example was priority. In 2014, she earned her bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Cincinnati as a first-generation student. Currently, Ronnie serves on the boards of non-profit organizations that are committed to empowering the youth and surrounding communities of Cincinnati. Ronnie's primary goal for her destination is to help foster an authentic community that promotes inclusion, education, and economic impact.
Jordan McCauley
Travel Oregon
Jordan McCauley
Destination Development Coordinator, Travel Oregon

Jordan supports destination development work at Travel Oregon. Her passion and involvement in tourism was sparked in college - she attended Southern Oregon University, where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism and a Sustainability Leadership Certificate. After college, she spent two years supporting community engagement for the largest chamber of commerce in the state of Oregon. This month, she will celebrate three years at Travel Oregon, supporting community-based tourism planning and statewide destination management initiatives. She is charting a career path focused on economic development in rural communities and environmental stewardship.
Michelle McKenzie
Visit Vancouver USA
Michelle McKenzie
Director of Marketing, Visit Vancouver USA

Prior to joining her current organization, Michelle worked on leisure and international marketing campaigns at Travel Portland. She enjoys combining her marketing, strategic and small business background with sharing stories about the places she loves. In her current role, she oversees the marketing and communication team's efforts, including the website, social channels, travel magazine, advertising campaigns and public relations efforts.
Jonathan Neis
Providence Warwick CVB
Jonathan Neis
Sales & Services Manager, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jonathan works with meeting planners, military reunion planners, and group tour operators to bring their meeting or reunion to Providence. After spending numerous years in the world of hospitality and the meetings industry, he knows what planners are looking for when they are planning their events and is more than happy to help make their event a success. Providing great customer service with attention to details, you can be sure the job will get done. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University.
Hayley Radich
Travel Lane County
Hayley Radich
Partner Services Manager, Travel Lane County

Hayley joined the staff as an Adventure Specialist in 2013 and moved into the Partnership role in 2015. Hayley manages member benefits, trainings and events for Travel Lane County's 650 partners. She is currently an online student through Grand Canyon University and will graduate in November 2020 with her bachelor's degree in Marketing & Advertising. As an active member in the community, she is currently participating in the 9-month long Leadership Eugene - Springfield program, has served on multiple event planning committees throughout the community and is involved in the Eugene Young Professional group.
Erica Riddle
Destination DC
Erica Riddle
Tourism & Visitor Services Coordinator, Destination DC

Erica Riddle is tasked with supporting all the sales managers, the execution of department specific events, and the management of the Familiarization (FAM) Trip program. She has had work experience in two major East Coast cities, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC and is originally from Harrisburg, PA. Erica's interests include reading with her book club, becoming a wine connoisseur, and exploring new areas of the country, and world, every chance she gets.
Amelia Ritter
Livingston County CVB
Amelia Ritter
Digital Marketing and Content Manager, Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau

In under two years at the organization, Amelia helped transform the LCCVB's marketing efforts to meet the needs of an increasingly fast-paced and digital landscape. Her proudest accomplishments include working to launch a new website that saw a 213% increase in web traffic in its first year and implementing a content strategy that increased social media followers by more than 60%. Before the LCCVB, Amelia worked with Downtown Development Authorities in southeast Michigan, discovering a love for community connection and storytelling.
Amanda Scherlin
Visit Casper
Amanda Scherlin
Marketing Manager, Visit Casper

Amanda is a product of Wyoming and has an enthusiasm for sharing the Cowboy State with the world. After earning degrees in business, marketing and graphic design at the University of Wyoming, she has held positions in college athletics and higher education, but found her passion in telling the stories of people and their places. As Visit Casper's Marketing Manager, she oversees all marketing, advertising and communications efforts for the organization, combining her love for impactful storytelling, thoughtful design and smart strategy.
Erin Setter
Brand USA
Erin Setter
Manager, Partner Engagement, Brand USA

Erin is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with Brand USA partners in the Midwest to maximize partner participation in cooperative marketing programs and secure $4MM in contributions annually. Erin joined Brand USA in October 2015 as a partner service representative and, in two years, managed the execution of contracts to fulfill partner marketing plans with Brand USA. She previously worked as a research assistant on annual support service contracts. In college, she interned for the industry relations manager at Explore Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ryan Shehu
Visit Ithaca
Ryan Shehu
Site Supervisor, Visit Ithaca

Ryan Shehu is a Site Supervisor at Visit Ithaca. With only his Associates Degree in hospitality, Ryan has quickly moved up the ladder from part-time visitor experience specialist to full-time employee in just months. Ryan has worked on the Arrival to Departure(A2D) and trained over 140 community and business professionals! He has recently been appointed a board position for a young professionals group, Tompkins Connect, which proves that not only is he a leader in his work but also his community. Ryan has proven in various ways he is driven to become a world class leader in this destination.
Steph Snelling
Destination Greater Victoria
Steph Snelling
Content Marketing Specialist, Destination Greater Victoria

Steph is a destination storyteller who connects distinct marketing channels and tools such as social media, blogging, photography and video to weave narratives inspiring travelers to choose Greater Victoria as their next trip. When she is not scrolling through #ExploreVictoria to find the next photo of the day, she can be found sipping coconut lattes around the city or navigating rivers and trails along the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Taylor Stanley
Visit Lake Charles
Taylor Stanley
Senior Sales Manager, Visit Lake Charles

Taylor has been employed at Visit Lake Charles for 3 years. She is responsible for promoting the area as a destination for meetings and conventions. Her recent accomplishments include graduating from the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy, completing year one of Southeastern Tourism Society's Marketing College, and being appointed to the Louisiana Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. Taylor recently began a two-year term on Simpleview's User Group, launched the Destination SWLA training program, and was awarded 2019 Rising Star of the Year from the Louisiana Travel Association.
Michelle Vilas
Discover Puerto Rico
Michelle Vilas
Marketing Project Manager, Discover Puerto Rico

Michelle graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in International Business and Marketing. After graduating, she moved to NYC and started working for one of the top CPG companies in the world, L'Oreal. After five years of professional development, Michelle moved back home looking for a new challenge and purpose. In July 2018, the DMO started operations in PR, and she joined the team as the CMO's right hand. Working in tourism is the best of doing what she loves while helping her island.
Jessie Walker
Visit Baltimore
Jessie Walker
PR Manager, Visit Baltimore

Jessie is an energetic, driven, and detail-oriented communications professional. As Visit Baltimore's PR Manager, she leads strategic communications efforts for local, convention, and international media markets. Before joining Visit Baltimore, she worked for Stanley Black & Decker where she led PR and influencer strategies for the BLACK+DECKER and CRAFTSMAN brands. Jessie received her M.A. from the University of Richmond where she studied English and Creative Writing and was a record-breaking NCAA Division I swimmer. Currently, she is pursuing her M.F.A in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.
Rebecca Wu
Tourism Richmond
Rebecca Wu
Specialist, Marketing and Industry Development, Tourism Richmond

Rebecca is a strategic and innovative marketing professional with over five years of experience in several industries including hospitality, tourism and telecommunications. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and has participated in academic exchanges to Hong Kong and UK. In her current position at Tourism Richmond, Rebecca is responsible for stakeholder engagement and marketing project management. Rebecca enjoys traveling in her spare time and has explored more than fifteen countries.

Meet the 2019-2020 Class

Alex Krosney
Travel Manitoba
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Alexandra Mills
Destination DC
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Allie Neal
Visit Oakland
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Asrah Mohammed
Brand USA
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Autumn Schempp
Visit Fort Collins
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Azari Jones
Visit San Antonio
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Brianna Wright
Real Racine
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Brittney Flores
Visit Albuquerque
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Caroline Ponessa
Visit Saint Paul
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Enriqueta Balandra
Visit Sarasota County
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Erica Malanga
Visit Baltimore
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Erin Craft
Visit Seattle
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Erin Randall
Oklahoma City CVB
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Gena Law
Tourism Toronto
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Jordan Musall
Hamilton County Tourism
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Juliet Velazquez
Greater Miami CVB
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Kennedy Clayton
Edmonton Tourism
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Larissa Allen
Visit Savannah
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Lindsey Bowman
Destination Niagara USA
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Luke Wiggins
Visit Rogers
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Melissa Jacobi
Newport Beach & Company
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Melissa Trost
Destination Gold Coast
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Mike Robertson
VisitPITTSBURGH
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Najauna White
Discover Durham
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Nani Almanza
Monterey County CVB
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Omar Lozano
Visit Austin
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Renee McMahon
Melbourne Convention Bureau
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Roberto Luis Vigoreaux-Cortes
Discover Puerto Rico
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Roxanne Steinhoff
Chicago Sports Commission, Choose Chicago
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Taylor Williamson
Boise CVB
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Meet the 2019 Ambassadors

Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve
Tourisme Montreal
Fidel Mitchell
Destination DC