Black Meetings and Tourism

Sept/Oct 2012

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ICI •pg_3-13__BMT_pg3-58 12/21/12 2:38 AM Page 10 Speaking Of People The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has hired Neal Carter for the position of corporate sales manager, announced GMCVB president and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. In this position, Carter will be handling sales from the West Coast and other markets to be assigned in the months ahead. Carter previously worked at the Hilton McLean Tyson's Corner in the Washington, DC area. Prior to that he was a sales manager with Modus Hotels in DC. He is a graduate of Barry University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and was named a twotime college soccer All-American. He is also the founder of the City of Sunny Isles Soccer Club. His professional associations include being a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. Terry Wells has been promoted to regional manager East Coast, Tourism Marketing and Development, for Macy's Inc. In her new post, Wells will execute strategy, development and innovation by managing the North East, Mid-Atlantic, North, Mid-West and South East regional teams targeting the tourism and hospitality industry. Her responsibilities include managing the overall tourism strategy on the local level under the direction of the regional director of tourism; overseeing a team of 4 managers, 3 Visitor Centers and associates in Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston;. opening 4 new visitor centers in DC, Orlando and Miami; overseeing regions advertising and operation budgets; and building and maintaining relationships with area CVBs, tour operators, hotels etc., to name a few. The SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) has added event coordinator Dwayne Smith to the facility's staff. Smith's responsibilities will be to provide strategic assistance to clients to ensure the successful execution of events within the facility. Before joining the Greater Columbus Convention Center staff, Dwayne was employed in similar positions with other SMG-managed facilities, the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo for two years and the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center for three years. A graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor's degree in English, Smith resides in the Toledo area with his wife, Serena, who is employed in the communications field, and their young daughter, Simone. Andrés Muñoz serves as vice president, Marketing & Communications for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau (SACVB). Muñoz, who has held this position since February 2012, has 20 years of diverse experience in the marketing and communications field, most recently serving for three years as the SACVB Group Account director at Bromley Communications. Muñoz's award-winning experience includes marketing efforts for McDonald's, Colgate, Visa and Sony. Global creative agency DDB brought him from Colombia to the U.S. to lead the McDonald's USA Hispanic account. The SACVB is the sales and marketing organization promoting San Antonio as a premier tourism and meetings destination, and is a department of the City of San Antonio. Accomplished hotel industry professional Michael J. Mustafa has recently joined the prestigious Hilton Anaheim as the director of Sales & Marketing. The property, which is adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center and about a block from the Disneyland Resort, features 1,572 guestrooms and more than 140,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Mustafa most recently served as the director of Sales & Marketing at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, which is managed by Remington Hotels. Over his more than 25-year career, he honed his skills as the Sales & Marketing director for the Mobil FiveStar, AAA Five-Diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, The Westin South Coast Plaza, the Sheraton Gateway, Los Angeles Airport, and the Ontario Airport Marriott. Sara MelendezDavis has been appointed senior sales representative for multicultural, faithbased, specialty, and educational groups for the Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau. She brings a wealth of experience to her new responsibilities plus an enthusiasm and energy that are contagious. With more than 25 years of marketing, promotions, and sales experience in a variety of industries including hospitality and music entertainment, Melendez-Davis always has innovative and creative suggestions for planners and loves to help them design an outstanding meeting. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, she is a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and Certified Diversity Meeting Professional. She attended Northern Illinois University. 10 BM&T ••• September/October 2012 •••

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