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Amy Overstreet and Jamie Mitchell
Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired two new convention sales managers. Amy Overstreet will be in charge of managing state, regional, and national government associations/organizations, as well as all associations outside of vertical markets in the Washington, D.C., and Northeast territories. Previously, she served as director of sales and marketing at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Jamie Mitchell, CMP, who has 25 years of hospitality industry experience, will manage the Virginia state association market and the Southeast territory, as well as the national education association market.
Timbers Resorts has announced the appointment of Austin Watkins as managing director — marketing and hospitality sales. In this role, he will be responsible for developing, driving, and overseeing the marketing direction for the company, as well as overseeing sales for the company’s resort and residential rental offerings. Watkins has more than 27 years of experience in the luxury hospitality sector. He joined Timbers Resorts in 2018 as the global director of sales and marketing — hospitality.
Destinations International has announced the 2020 Destination Organization Leadership Award recipient and Hall of Fame inductees. Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel Association, received the 2020 Destination Organization Leadership Award for his contributions to the industry since taking his role in 2006. Hall of Fame inductees included Bonnie Carlson, CDME, president and CEO of Bloomington CVB in Minnesota; Solomon and Gloria Herbert, publishers of Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine; Wendy Perks Fisher, retired president and CEO of Rockford Area CVB in Illinois; and Karolyn Kirchgesler, retired President and CEO of Team San Jose.