Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, CDME, CMP, will transition from her role as DMAI’s managing director of empowerMINT.com to a full-time consultant position effective July 1. At that time, she will launch 2Synergize Inc., a new company dedicated to helping CVBs create competitive advantages in the meetings market. Shimasaki will continue her involvement with DMAI on key sales and product initiatives for the remainder of 2017, and possibly into 2018.
Newly rebranded Visit Albuquerque has hired Kristin McGrath as vice president of convention sales, services, and sports. In her new position, she will oversee the sales, services, and sports divisions responsible for generating leads that will be dispersed to Albuquerque hotels, event facilities, and the Albuquerque Convention Center. McGrath previously worked as vice president of sales and services for Richmond Region Tourism in Virginia.
Brent Athon has joined Fern, marketing support and tradeshow services provider, as an account manager. In this role, he will serve clients and events held in the southwest region and nationally. Athon brings decades of experience in the trade show and events industry to his new position. He previously worked for Conference Services International and Brede Exposition Services in executive roles.
Ungerboeck, an event and venue management technology company, has appointed Eric Kaser vice president of sales, Americas. He will lead the company’s sales strategy and execution from the company headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Before joining Underboeck, Kaser served as a sales leader at the Reynolds & Reynolds Company.
The Baltimore Convention Center has promoted Mac Campbell to the role of deputy director. In his new position, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility and will support the executive director in crafting a strategy for the property’s continued success. Previously, he served as a key member of the senior executive team as director of client services.
mg has promoted Becki Lyyski to director of express exhibit solutions. In her new role, she will package Express Rentals and portable options together for client resources. Lyyski started at mg in 2002 working on the client side in marketing and trade show logistics.