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September 03 2012

In the News: Paul Astleford, Rick Outcalt, Lisa Sharman and Alison Best

Alicia Leonard

September 04, 2012

Paul Astleford
Paul Astleford, president and CEO of Experience Columbus announced his retirement earlier today, effective December 31, 2012. Astleford has served as the leader of the convention and visitors bureau for 13 years, having taken the position in 2000. More

Rick Outcalt
Rick Outcalt  has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Citywide Sales at ConVis.  Rick most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and will now direct the Bureau’s citywide sales effort.  He collectively brings 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including more than 20 years in a variety of sales and convention management roles for several Marriott International, Inc. properties. More

Lisa Sharman
Lisa is a respected veteran in the business events industry. With over 23 years in hospitality she has a vast knowledge and is able to work on a variety of accounts. Lisa is well known for her recent position with Tourism Whistler and The Brookstreet Hotel.  

Sharman’s industry experience and relationship approach make her a perfect fit for the boutique style, high touch service our company provides to clients. Lisa’s varied experience is obvious when she supports you in the planning of your next meeting or convention.

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. I am thrilled to be part of The Howes Group’s dynamic team”, says Sharman about her move.

Alison Best
Alison Best has been named CEO of the Oakland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Best was previously senior vice president of business development of the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. Before joining the Santa Monica CVB in 2006, she was a sales manager at Tourism Whistler.

Best earned a degreed in sociology from the University of Victoria and a diploma for tourism management from the Canadian Tourism College.

Best also serves as a trustee of the Destination & Travel Foundation.

Experience Columbus, (August 30, 2012) Experience Columbus President and CEO Paul Astleford Announces Retirement. Retrieved September 4, 2012 from http://www.exhibitoronline.com/news/enn-display.asp?counter=11363  

Terzi, J. (August 27, 2012) Rick Outcalt Named Senior Vice President of Citywide Sales. Retried September 4, 2012 from http://connect.sandiego.org/2012/08/27/rick-outcalt-named-senior-vice-president-of-citywide-sales/ 

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