Charles Hill II
Experience Columbus has named Charles Hill II as vice president of strategic development. In this role, which he started on April 4, he is tasked with overseeing all aspects of the development, membership, and events departments. Previously, Hill served as director of community outreach for Rev1 Ventures.
Visit Vancouver USA has hired Jami Johnson as its new director of business development. In her new position, she will lead the business development and convention services team in its efforts to drive overnight bookings through the solicitation of group business. Johnson will also work with hospitality partners in the community, build relationships with meeting planners, and promote Vancouver as a meeting and event destination. Johnson has more than 20 years of industry experience, and most recently worked as a regional director of sales for OTO Development.
The Vancouver Convention Center has chosen Michelle Leroux as its new director of sales. Leroux, who has two decades of experience leading sales teams, has an extensive background in developing sales and space utilization strategies, coaching teams, and collaborating with industry partners. Most recently, Leroux was director of sales and marketing at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.
Karen Johnston has joined Visit Seattle as national account director for its Chicago office. Though she will have a strong focus on Chicago, Johnston’s territory will also include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Canada, and other international markets. Johnston brings more than 30 years of combined sales experience behalf of hotels and direct marketing organizations to her new position. Most recently, she worked as the regional account director for Visit Tampa Bay.