Zack Davis and Allison Joyce
The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) has promoted Zack Davis to vice president of destination services after serving as director of marketing for LCVB since 2015. In his new role, Davis will lead LCVB’s destination services and housing team for Louisville’s meetings business. Davis has been with LCVB since 2008, when he was appointed as convention services manager.
Allison Joyce has been promoted to national sales manager. She has been with LCVB since 2016, previously serving as convention sales manager. In her new role, she will work with groups booking more than 300 peak room nights in the religious, social welfare, and direct selling markets.
Visit KC (Kansas City, Missouri) has appointed Patrick Geschwind to the role of interim president and CEO, effective Feb. 20. The owner and senior consultant at Patrick Geschwind & Associates has more than 30 years of leadership experience, including 25 years of marketing, sales, and human resources positions. Over the past 14 years, he has consulted approximately 70 firms in the profit and not-for-profit sectors on workplace culture, executive coaching, and more.
Houston First Corporation has announced the retirement of Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO. She has been with the organization since 2011. Ullrich oversaw the renovation of the George R. Brown Convention Center, the opening of the Marriott Marquis Houston, and new tourism initiatives. Houston First Corporation will announce a new president and CEO shortly as part of its mission to make its operations forward-thinking and efficient.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Ed Simon its new senior vice president of convention sales and services, effective Feb. 26. He will aid in generating sales production, building high-performance sales teams, and growing the destination’s customer base. Simon has more than two decades of experience in leadership and business development in the hospitality industry. Simon previously created and launched the Association Meeting Buyers Collective, a membership-based organization designed to enhance buying power for the association industry.
SMG, the operator of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, has promoted Ashley York to director of event services at the facility. York, who has more than 10 years of experience in hospitality, has been with the company since 2012, most recently serving as senior event manager. In her new role, York will lead a team of four event managers, oversee planning processes and logistics, and ensure the success of events held on property.