Choose Chicago has announced the promotion of Dawn Young, CEM, from senior director of sales to the position of vice president of hotel sales. Young, who has more than 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism, joined the Choose Chicago team in 2005 as director of association sales.
Martin Rinck has been named Hilton’s global head, luxury & lifestyle group. In this role, Rinck will be responsible for all strategic development, brand innovation, and leadership initiatives for Hilton’s luxury hotel portfolio, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. He will also oversee Canopy by Hilton. Rinck has more than three decades of experience in hospitality, most recently leading Hilton’s Asia Pacific business as area president.
Tradeshow Logic has appointed Katie Burke, CEM, to the role of national accounts manager, exhibit & sponsorship sales. She has an extensive background in new business development, client relations, and event management for major national exhibitions and events. Previously, Burke served as exhibits manager at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The board of directors of San Diego Theatres, Inc., the organization that manages and operates the San Diego Civic and Balboa Theatres, has appointed Carol Wallace interim chief executive officer. Wallace, who has 35 years of experience in the industry, previously served as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, which oversaw the operations of San Diego Theatres, Inc., until 2014 when the organization became a non-profit. The board intends to begin the search for a new chief executive officer following the completion of the strategic planning process.
Barry E. White
Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Barry E. White its new president and chief executive officer. White has more than 26 years of tourism and hospitality experience. He most recently served as president and chief operating officer of the Augusta, Georgia, Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he worked for 23 years.
The recently created Puerto Rico Destination Marketing Organization has appointed Leah Chandler, CDME, as its chief marketing officer, effective mid-May. In her new role, she will use her 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry to support Puerto Rico’s economic growth. Previously, Chandler was the chief marketing officer for the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau in Branson, Missouri.
Ron Jackson, Susan Cantrell, and Jessica Blubaugh
Visit KC (Kansas City, Missouri) has made three updates to its management team:
Ron Jackson will join the organization as chief people partner. In this role, he will be responsible for all aspects of Visit KC’s human resources initiatives. Previously, Jackson worked at the Lee’s Summit-based Government Employees Health Association for nearly 20 years, where he most recently served as vice president of employee relations and engagement.
Susan Cantrell has been appointed as vice president of partnerships and events, effective April 30. In this position, she will identify new membership opportunities and secure incremental revenue in support of the organization’s sales and marketing activities. Cantrell most recently worked as vice president of sales and marketing at the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Jessica Blubaugh has been promoted to director of partnerships and events. This position includes the day-to-day management of the department, as well as the planning and implementation of marquee events, such as Kanas City Restaurant Week. Blubaugh has been with Visit KC since May 2016, most recently serving as interim vice president of partnership and events.
Tradeshow Logic has named Michele Rowe vice president of marketing and communications. In this role, Rowe will use her experience in corporate storytelling to drive Tradeshow Logic’s marketing strategy and execution. Previously, Rowe worked as senior director of marketing and brand strategy for EnsembleIQ and the Path to Purchase Institute, a retail media and business intelligence member organization.
3L Corporation has named Charles “Charlie” Greco vice president of sales and marketing for its U.S. subsidiary, which will be headquartered in Boston. Greco, who has 30 years of experience as an international trade show executive, has produced some of the world’s largest trade shows and conferences.