Destinations International Announces 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees


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Anaheim, Calif. (July 12, 2018) – Destinations International today announced the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees. William Pate, President and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, assumed the role of Chair of Destinations International and Jason Fulvi, CDME, Executive Vice President of VisitPITTSBURGH, assumed the role of Chair of the Destinations International Foundation.

“I am extremely honored to chair Destinations International at this important time in the organization’s history,” said Pate. “We are in a strong position to execute the programs and plans Don and his talented team put together to strengthen and grow our industry, and I look forward to supporting those efforts.”

“I’m honored and humbled to follow in the footsteps of Joe Marinelli and Stephanie Pace Brown as incoming Chair for the Destinations International Foundation,” said Fulvi. “We have a dynamic group of Foundation Trustees that are committed to assisting destination organizations around the globe to further our professional development and improve our industry as a whole.”

“Destinations International and the Destinations International Foundation are driven by the volunteers serving on our boards and committees,” said Welsh. “We are truly grateful for the time, counsel and service these individuals dedicate to our industry and we look forward to their leadership during their time as a Board member and beyond.”

Destinations International 2018-2019 Board of Directors:

Destination Professionals Category (3 Year Terms):

  • Johanne Belanger, Tourism Toronto
  • Gretchen Hall, Little Rock CVB
  • Al Hutchinson, Visit Baltimore
  • Melyssa Laughlin, Visit Vacaville
  • Steve Moore, Visit Phoenix
  • Mike Waterman, Houston First Corporation

Destination Partner Category (Terms Are Staggered):

  • David Burgess, Miles Partnership - 1-year term
  • David DuBois, IAEE - 3-year term
  • Karl Ely, ASAE - 3-year term
  • Cara Frank, Simpleview - 2-year term
  • Tom Kemp, Northstar Travel Group - 2-year term

Destinations International 2018-2019 Board Officers:

  • William Pate, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau - Chair
  • Craig Davis, Visit Pittsburgh - Chair Elect
  • Butch Spyridon, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation - Secretary-Treasurer
  • Tammy Blount-Canavan, Monterey County CVB - Immediate Past Chair 

Destinations International Foundation Board of Trustees:

Destinations International Foundation Board of Trustees (3 Year Terms):

  • Linda K. John, Visit Eau Claire
  • John Lambeth, Civitas
  • Joe Marinelli, Visit Savannah
  • Milton Segarra, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Gregg Shapiro, Tempest
  • Ellie Westman Chin, Visit Franklin, TN

Destinations International Foundation 2018-2019 Board of Trustees Officers:

  • Jason Fulvi, Visit Pittsburgh- Chair
  • John Groh, Rockford Area CVB- Chair Elect
  • John Lambeth, Civitas- Secretary-Treasurer
  • Stephanie Pace Brown, Explore Asheville – Immediate Past Chair
  • John Percy, Destination Niagara USA- At-large Officer

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About Destinations International:
Destinations International (formerly Destination Marketing Association International) is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with more than 4,700 members and partners from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 15 countries, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people and elevating tourism to its highest potential. For more information, visit

About the Destinations International Foundation:
The Destinations International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destination marketers globally by providing education, research, advocacy and leadership development. The Foundation is classified as a charitable organization, under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. For more information visit