Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2020

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B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 10 N E W S M A K E R S ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER ANNOUNCES ERIC BLANC, SR . NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SALES The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) continues its strategic growth of its organizational struc- ture by announcing Eric Blanc, Sr., CMP as its Assistant Director of Sales. With more than 25 years of experience in event management and convention center sales, Blanc will oversee the strategic planning and selling of the OCCC as it embarks on its $605 million North-South Building expansion. Most recently, Blanc was the Director of Sales, Marketing, and Convention Services at the Tampa Convention Center, where he has spent 15 years of his career. He held various positions during his time there including Event Services Supervisor and Senior Events Coordinator. Blanc's background spans across various top organizations in the industry including The Freeman Companies and GES Expositions, where he was a National Sales Manager for both companies. "Eric's expertise and knowledge of the convention industry will be a won- derful asset to the Center," said OCCC Deputy Director Yulita Osuba. "We are confident that he will provide a fresh perspective as we prepare for one of the largest con- struction initiatives in the history of the OCCC." Blanc graduated from Florida State University with a bach- elor's of science degree in Business - Marketing and holds a certificate from the IAAM Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay. The OCCC is on the brink of great growth and transforma- tion, with a $605 million Capital Improvement Plan for two Campus Master Plan projects on the horizon. SAGAMORE PENDRY BALTIMORE ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, TOMIKO BURROUGHS Burroughs Brings 15 Years of Sales and Hospitality Experience to Waterfront Property in Baltimore's Historic Fell's Point Neighborhood Sagamore Pendry Baltimore recently announced the appointment of Tomiko Burroughs as director of sales and marketing. In this role, Burroughs will oversee all sales and marketing efforts for the 128-room luxury hotel situated in the city's vibrant waterfront community of Fell's Point overlooking the Inner Harbor. "We are excited to welcome Tomiko to the Pendry family," said Juan Webster, General Manager of Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. "Tomiko's expertise in the Mid-Atlantic market and passion for the hospitality industry will make her an integral addition to the team. I'm confident her wealth of knowledge will help us grow this property and continue to deliver an excellent guest experience," he added. Boasting a 15-year career in the hospitality industry, Burroughs brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. Her previous experience includes roles at Kimpton Hotels, TravelClick and Expedia Inc. Throughout her career, Burroughs has also helmed local and regional sales and marketing teams for Savoy Suites & Carlyle Suites Hotel; Fairmont Hotel, and The Hilton Arlington Hotel & Renaissance Hotel, all in Washington DC; as well as the O'Callaghan Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. A symbol of Baltimore's historic past, reimagined for its future, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore fuses sophistication from a bygone era with impeccable serv- ice and new luxury, creating one of the region's most storied properties. Perched on Recreation Pier in the center of the vibrant waterfront Fell's Point neighborhood, the hotel fea- tures interiors by Patrick Sutton Design with a creative vision rooted in its historic significance and signature Charm City allure. The hotel combines an unspoken list of non-nego- tiables: simple luxury, clean design, well-crafted restaurant experiences, vibrant bars and that perfect balance of polished comfort and modern edge. Guests will find all the amenities, offerings and exclusive programming today's traveler seeks, accompanied by the city's most inspired new dining, devel- oped in collaboration with acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality Group.

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