Destinations International Announces 22 CDME Recipients

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Destinations International announced that 22 industry leaders received their Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation at Annual Convention which took place in Montreal, Canada July 11-14.

The CDME program is the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry and is the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement. The program is designed to better prepare senior destination organization executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.

2017 CDME recipients include:

  • Lisa Anders, CDME, Explore Gwinett
  • Nancy Carpenter, CDME, Columbus CVB
  • Alan Carr, CDME, Visit KC
  • Anthony Cordo, CDME, Howard County Tourism Inc.
  • Christine Erny, CDME, Reno-Sparks CVA
  • Mary Fugere, CDME, Hampton CVB
  • Dave Gazley, CDME, Tourism Vancouver
  • Troy Grainger, CDME, Growth Alberta
  • Kalene Griffith, CDME, Bentonville CVB
  • Laura Gurreri, CDME, York County CVB
  • Cheryl Hatcher, CDME, MPI
  • Amy Krueger, CDME, Williston CVB
  • David Looby, CDME, Minneapolis NW CVB
  • Cassandra Mcauley, CDME, Tourism Calgary
  • James Minton, CDME, Visit Anchorage
  • Pier Paolo Mariotti CMP, CMM, CDME, Eurac Research
  • Tiffany Russell, CDME, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Susie Santo, CDME, Visit Wichita
  • Julie Saupe, CDME, Anchorage CVB
  • Mark Shore, CDME, Visit North Carolina
  • Alex Stettinski, CDME, Visit West Hollywood
  • Julie Wagner, CDME, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau


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