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Visit Seattle has named Kristina Thorne its new national account director for its Southeastern territory and sports market sales management. Thorne has nearly 10 years of combined experience in visitor center management and sports development and sales in Seattle’s Southside. Previously, Thorne worked as visitor center manager for Seattle Southside Visitor Services. In her new role, Thorne will promote and sell Seattle as a destination for conventions and meetings for associations and corporations. She will also work closely with the Seattle Sports Commission to book tournaments and programs into Seattle’s facilities and hotels.
The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the Global Center for Health Innovation, managed by SMG, has announced Travis Poppell as director of sales. Poppell brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience to his new role. Previously, he worked as director of sales at the International Exposition Center. Poppell also spent 16 years working in the hotel industry in Florida.
Reed Exhibitions has appointed Rob Weinstein as vice president of marketing for ReedPOP West. In this position, he will lead ReedPOP West’s marketing team, which is currently overseeing five events including Agenda Shows, Agenda Festival, and ComplexCon. Weinstein has more than 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as head of marketing for Men’s Journal.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has hired Amanda Cecil, Ph.D., to lead GBTA’s professional development and research team. She will retain her position as a full-time professor at Indiana University. In this role, Cecil will lead, implement, and evaluate GBTA’s strategic initiatives to deliver innovative learning, curricula, and research to GBTA members.