30 Under 30

Now in its eighth year, the Destinations International Foundation’s 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner SearchWide and sponsored by IMEX and Northstar. 

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 2018 Class:

  • Liana Acevedo, Richmond Region Tourism
  • Sarah Alexander, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • George Bansah, Brand USA
  • Amber Burns, Visit Philadelphia
  • Jeremiah Cook, Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Colleen Costello, Newport Beach & Company
  • Nick Cusick, Visit Saint Paul
  • Barry Draper, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Carleigh Dworetzky, Destination DC
  • Jonathan Eckelberg, Travel Wisconsin
  • Alexa Gallagher, Choose Chicago
  • Nancy Gordy, Edmonton Tourism
  • Calista Klein, Travel Tacoma + Pierce County
  • Ali Lechlitner, Visit South Bend Mishawaka
  • Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve, Tourisme Montréal
  • Ruida Lu, Tourism Toronto
  • Fidel Mitchell, CMP, Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Randi Morritt, Visit Aurora
  • Ashley Patton, Visit KC
  • Kristen Pepper, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Brianna Prasloski, Tourism Vancouver
  • Brendan Pringle, Visit SLO CAL
  • Elizabeth Robinson, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Chris Robinson, Visit Salt Lake
  • Robert Row, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Michaelean Stewart, Visit Panama City Beach
  • Cameron Teske, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tamara Thorhallsson, Visit Seattle
  • Krystle Whitlock, Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Christine Zetzl, Visit Indy

Program Benefits

  • Complimentary registration and three nights’ accommodations during Destinations International's 2018 Annual Convention in Anaheim, California
  • Complimentary registration for Fundamentals in Destination Marketing, the first course of Destinations International's PDM program
  • Year-round professional development focus, including regular interactive webinars and an online community to share ideas
  • Opportunity to apply to attend the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux's Annual Conference


  • Candidates must be under 30 years of age at the time of the submission deadline (this means that candidates must have been born on or after April 21, 1988). 
  • Must presently work for a destination organization, convention and visitors bureau (CVB) or tourism board.
  • Must be an employee of the organization for at least 1.5 years consecutively (internships included).
  • Submissions must include completed application, resume, short bio and video addressing questions asked within the application. Click here to view the application and instructions. 
  • Video submission must be self-produced using a candidate’s own devices (This basically means, we aren't looking for professionally produced videos.)
  • Nominees must submit applications, with approval and sign off from the CEO/Executive Director of the destination organization.
  • Only one individual from an organization will be chosen if multiple submissions from the same destination organization are submitted.

Click here to access the application. 

Meet the 2017 Class:

  • Jose Arana, Marketing & Communications Executive, Meet Puerto Rico
  • Jake Buchheit, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Visit KC
  • Lauren Cleland, Digital Content Strategist, Visit Savannah
  • Kenzie Coleman, Sales Manager, Visit Omaha
  • Jamie Cox, Marketing Coordinator, Visit Franklin/Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Katie Egresi, Graphic Designer, Experience Columbus
  • Kimberly Franz, Marketing Director, Dunwoody Convention + Visitors Bureau
  • Andrea Gardi, Senior Project Manager, Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc.
  • Drew Hays, Sports Sales Manager, Visit Wichita
  • Emily Hendricks, Creative Services Coordinator, Visit Saint Paul
  • Kate Herron, Director of Marketing, Experience Grand Rapids
  • Britt Hijkoop, Senior Manager, International PR, NYC & Company
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, Membership Sales Manager, Destination DC
  • Natalie Jamieson, Manager of Research & Data Analysis, Visit Baltimore
  • Cambria Jones, Marketing Specialist, Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Chandler Jones, Account Manager, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Victoria Lightfoot, Public Relations Specialist, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Roxanne Lombard, Senior Researcher, Cape Town Tourism
  • Wesley Lucas, Communications Manager, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Aime O'Keefe, Senior Web Specialist, Discover The Palm Beaches
  • Kara Reed, Convention Services Manager, Visit Indy
  • Daniel Schwartz, Senior Manager, Tourism, San Francisco Travel Association
  • Crystal Solberg, Content Creator, Tourism Richmond
  • Joe Tacynec, Creative Director, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
  • Maranda Tippin, Site Experience Specialist, San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Elena Vizzini, Destination Development Coordinator, Travel Oregon
  • Ivette Wilhelm, Public Relations Manager, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Angela Wirkler, Group Sales Manager, Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau


For assistance or more information, please contact Jim McCaul, Vice President, Destination Development & Advocacy at [email protected]