Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

July 25 2013

Kevin M. Hinton Joins Site and the Site International Foundation as Chief Staff Officer

By Site
The Site International Board of Directors and Site International Foundation Board of Trustees have announced that Kevin M. Hinton has joined their management team as Chief Staff Officer of Site and the Site International Foundation. In his new role, Hinton will manage the Site Global headquarters team at SmithBucklin Corporation, Site’s management partner, and will assume responsibility for meeting the strategic and operational goals set by Site’s and the Site International Foundation’s leadership.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Site team,” said David Sand, Site President and Founder of Uwin Iwin Incentives of South Africa. “Kevin has extensive business and global experience in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events industries, and his skills in implementing global business operations solutions will enable him to advance the mission of Site while increasing value to association members.” Joining Sand in the announcement, Jane E. Schuldt, CITE, CIS, President of the Site International Foundation and Founder of World Marketing Group Ltd., commented, “Kevin’s intimate knowledge of how the work of foundations enhances the organizations and industries they serve promises a great platform from which the ever-growing efforts of our Foundation can thrive.”

Prior to joining the Site and SmithBucklin teams, Hinton served as Executive Vice President of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) where he expanded the group’s portfolio outside the U.S. by bringing in 14 new global hotel members and built a team of global sales specialists that grew global revenue booking by 100 percent. Previously, he served as CEO of hinton+grusich, which later sold to ALHI, reinventing brand and market positions, changing the compensation model, creating new sales strategies and transforming the company from regional player to a national sales network with five sales offices to serve the needs of 130 hotel partners. Hinton has served as chairman of the board and chief elected officer of various international meetings industry associations, most recently leading efforts to create a new international “franchise” model to better serve the member needs of one group’s global audiences. Hinton earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Finance and German, from Marquette University.

Site President David Sand added, “Site is at a very exciting and crucial period in its 40-year history of serving the incentive industry. The Board of Directors has recently undertaken an intensive long-range planning exercise, which we know will position the organization for unparalleled future growth and dynamic new service to our international membership. Welcoming an executive with the experience, stature and knowledge of Kevin Hinton at this opportune time guarantees that the Board’s initiatives will be implemented with professional and great care. We welcome Kevin to the Site world.”

About Site
Site has grown since its inception 40 years ago to nearly 2,000 members in 90 countries with 29 local and regional chapters. It is the only global authority connecting motivational experiences with business results. The community of Site professionals brings best-in-class solutions, insights and global connections to maximize the business impact of motivational experiences regardless of industry, region or culture. Site serves as the source of expertise, knowledge and personal connections that will catapult and sustain professional growth, and help build the value of extraordinary, motivational experiences worldwide. Learn more at siteglobal.com.

About the Site International Foundation
The Site International Foundation has provided research and educational programs that assist business executives, practitioners, and professionals since 2006. The Foundation is the research arm of Site, a membership community that represents 90 countries and nearly 2,000 professionals who deliver best-in-class solutions and insights to maximize the business impact of motivational experiences regardless of industry, region or culture. All research reports are available online at siteglobal.com.