Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 18 2013

People on the Move


Willie Benjamin

Willie Benjamin has accepted the role of Director of Meetings with the Credit Union National Association. Willie served on PCMA's Board of Directors from 2010 through 2012 and in this role advanced many board initiatives. He currently serves as chair of PCMA's 2013 Digital Strategy Task Force. Willie and current board chairman, Johnnie White took to the tennis courts in January to raise significant funds that benefit the Foundation.

Rodney Gutierrez and Michelle Neely

Rodney Gutierrez has been chosen as the Sr. Director of Sales, Event Management and Exhibitor Services. He will oversee of the OCCC sales team to offer and advise new and existing convention clients on all aspects of Orlando's convention offerings as well as the daily operations of the event management and exhibitor services staffs.

Michelle Neely has been selected as the Center’s director of event management and exhibitor services. In her new role, Neely will focus her efforts on monitoring event management activities, provide onsite service to the Center’s clients and work closely with the exhibitor services team.

Troy Karnoff

Visit Phoenix continues to welcome positive development in the meetings and convention industry with the hiring of Troy Karnoff  who has been named Director of National Accounts with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Karnoff will be based in Chicago and whose primary focus will be to collaboratively generate new citywide convention opportunities for the destination.

Darrell Baker and Rocky Gupta

Darrell Baker as been named Vice President of Sales, Trade Shows for Choose Chicago. In this position, Baker will focus on strategy and execution in an effort to expand Chicago’s partnership with this key market segment. 
Rakesh (Rocky) Gupta has been named Region Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic for Choose Chicago. Gupta joins Choose Chicago with more than 30 years of sales experience, primarily with Hilton and Hyatt hotels. In this position, Gupta will lead and manage a staff of four in the Eastern Regional sales office as they continue to strengthen the account base and uncover new business opportunities for Chicago’s McCormick Place, Navy Pier and hotel community.