Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2020

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B M & T ••• November/December 2020 ••• 19 Convention and Visitors Bureau for 7 years, Opening Sales Executive with Renaissance Hotel Downtown St. Louis, where she achieved Marriott's Golden Circle Sales Award for 6 consecutive years. She served with Hyatt Regency Management Training for 8 years where she achieved Management Trainee of the Year. Based on her strong customer service, problem solving, issue resolution and communication skills, Sherri worked with Adams Mark Hotels with suc- cessfully bringing in major Multicultural Conventions and Meetings for groups such as Filipino Nurses, National Bar Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Blacks In Government and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Brown, who also served a stint with the Little Rock CVB, received a call from the Vice-President of Sales for Tampa Bay in September of 2008 asking if she would be interested in an opportunity working as National Sales Manager for the Multicultural Markets. She accepted the offer and made an impact by bringing National and International Conventions to Tampa, Florida. Sherri's success over the past 12 years has successfully made a strong impact at Visit Tampa Bay with an instrumental role in bringing the largest events, conventions, and meetings to Tampa. In 2013 she traveled to Macau China to bring the International India Film Academy (Bollywood) to Tampa, Florida, which had over 30,000 attendees at the Raymond James Stadium. In the last 12 years, Sherri has confirmed over $200 million dollars in new Multicultural Conventions and Meetings for Tampa. TIMOTHY BUSH has served as Chief Tourism Development Officer at OneSpartanburg, Inc. since October of 2020. This collaborative organization was formed by merging the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group in order to build a vibrant Spartanburg through business, economic and tourism development. Previously, Bush served for five years as the President and CEO of Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism, the official destination marketing organization for Lafourche Parish. A 16-year veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Bush lead Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism's sales and marketing efforts to drive economic growth for the parish through leisure, groups, and meetings sales. Prior to this role, he served as the Marketing Manager for the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau's. He has also served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the Executive Director of the Beauregard Tourist Commission. Bush is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Journalism with a concen- tration in Public Relations. He also has two professional certifications, a Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) from the Southeast Tourism Society and a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) from Destinations International. JO ANN HADEN-MILLER serves as director of partner activation and engagement and ACVB Foundation for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). She is responsible for overseeing partner collaborations, programs, co-op fundraising as well as annual initiatives of ACVB's Foundation. Joining ACVB in 1989, Haden-Miller led several cultural and heritage tourism programs and campaigns to market Atlanta as a top travel destination, focusing on the city's appeal to diverse and creative audiences. Haden-Miller has received numerous accolades throughout her career includ- ing the Richard M. Stormont Tourism Award. WPBA-TV/WABE-FM Public Broadcasting honored her as an Atlanta Lexus Leader of the Arts, and she received the Pioneer Award from Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. Haden-Miller is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership

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