Recap of our Fall 2019 Summits

By Rori Ferensic, Senior Director of Education, Destinations International

This was an exciting time for our team as we have been fully engaged in our fall summit schedule. These summits provide us with the opportunity to share some of our latest work, but more importantly, they offer our members and partners the chance to network and learn from each other.

To kick off our fall summit season, we started in Kansas City, MO for our Visitor Services Summit, which had a record attendance of 145 attendees. Special thanks to Jason Fulvi, President and CEO of Visit KC, and his team for hosting us in their destination. We would also like to thank the Visitors Services Planning Committee for their hard work in helping plan this summit. These volunteers include:

  • Judith Durant, CDME, CGSP, CVA, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
  • Bill Krause, Visit Salt Lake
  • Susan Pass, CTA, TMP, Louisville Tourism
  • Brenda Carlson, Visit Anchorage
  • Alexis Perrone, Experience Columbus
  • Jill Pope, Visit Cheyenne
  • Michele Hayes, Visit Omaha
  • Jenny Wilson, Visit KC
  • Megan Wright, Visit KC

Our Finance, Operations and Technology Summit, held in Colorado Springs October 6-9, wrapped up with 135 in attendance. Thanks to Doug Price, President and CEO of Visit Colorado Springs and his team for hosting us. Again, we would like to thank the summit’s planning committee for their hard work. These volunteers include:

  • Jim Cassidy, Visit Colorado Springs
  • Pholeta Alexander, Atlanta CVB
  • Kelly Campbell, Experience Olympia & Beyond
  • Jennifer Chance, C.P.A, Visit Jackson
  • Leslie Graf, Destinations Cleveland
  • Andrea Hunt, Visit Sarasota County
  • Carl Leonard, Visit KC
  • Kim Machado, Visit Grand Junction
  • David Nguyen, Meet Minneapolis
  • Juliet Velazquez, Greater Miami CVB
  • Vimal Vyas, Greater Raleigh CVB

Our Membership Summit, held in Clearwater, Florida, October 21-23 boasted a record 154 attendees. Many thanks to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater for hosting us and thank you to the Membership Summit Planning Committee for all of their hard work in putting together a great conference:

  • Susan Cantrell, Visit KC
  • Terrie Gardner, Visit Mesa
  • Tamera Harris, Visit Richmond VA
  • Erin Hurter, Visit Sarasota County
  • Angela Jones, Visit Detroit
  • Sherri Mullery, Bloomington CVB
  • Renee Prine, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
  • Vanessa Said, Visit San Antonio
  • Brenda Scott Savage, Greater Houston CVB
  • Suzanne Scully Hackman, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
  • Allison Tribo, Memphis Tourism
  • Kristin Wensing, Visit Madison

We look forward to our last summit of the season with Advocacy Summit, November 12-14, 2020 in Madison, WI.

For a full list of our events, please click here.

About Rori Ferensic, Senior Director of Education:

Rori Ferensic is the Senior Director of Education at Destinations International, providing leadership in planning and developing integrated curricula and programs that enhance the professional development and expertise of Destinations International members, directing initiatives to curate and design cutting edge educational opportunities for the annual convention, summit meetings, certification programs and online opportunities, and assisting with the development of a comprehensive educational strategy for the organization. Read more here.