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B M & T ••• January/February 2015 ••• 12 The Valley For- ge Tourism & Con- vention Board has hired Megan Tom- linson as its new director of Event Services & Mem- bership. Tomlinson brings 17 years of experience as a sales manager with her. For the past three years she was a sales manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, most recently responsible for the sports, pharmaceutical and medical markets, as well as the association mar- ket in the Midwest. In prior years her markets included tradeshow, consumer show and corpo- rate, as well as the associations market in Washington, D.C. Prior to working for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, she spent 14 years at the Valley Forge Convention Center, selling and servicing all market segments, producing over $4 million in convention revenue annually. Dionne Joyner- Weems was recently promoted to vice president of market- ing at Visit Balti- more, where she is responsible for imple- menting marketing campaigns, programs and promotions for the general leisure, multicultural, LGBT and inter- national markets. Joyner-Weems joined Visit Baltimore in August 2005 as the marketing manager of adver- tising and promotions. In the three years follow- ing, she facilitated all leisure and convention mar- keting and advertising programs, and coordinat- ed all seasonal promotions, Joyner-Weems was responsible for the creation of Baltimore's first Multicultural Guide, which focused on the rich- ness of the city's African-American heritage and its growing Hispanic and Asian-American culture. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bur- eau (GMCVB) has hired Neal Carter for the position of con- vention sales man- ager, announced GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. In this position Carter will be handling the Florida Association and Corporate markets. Prior to rejoining the GMCVB Con-ven- tion Sales Team, Carter worked as a group sales manger at The Doubletree Palm Beach Gardens and Executive Meeting Center. Additional indus- try experience includes the Hilton McLean Tyson's Corner in the Washington, DC area, sales manager with Modus Hotels, DC, and a previous stint with the GMCVB as corporate sales manager. Carter is a graduate of Barry University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa announced recently the appointment of Bob Peckenpaugh as the new managing director of the luxuri- ous Hill Country resort. In this role, he is responsible for managing sales, marketing, food and beverage and all operational efforts to ensure optimal guest satisfaction. An industry veteran of nearly 30 years, Peckenpaugh joins the team from Omni San Francisco Hotel, where he served as general manager since 2013. While there, Peckenpaugh led the hotel to the highest Medallia scores out of all Omni Hotels & Resorts properties. Prior to joining Omni, he served as the vice president of hospitality for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., running four resort prop- erties and the Sierra Star Golf Course. Devin Lewis was recently promoted to director of Regional Sales-Washington D.C. Office for the Las Vegas Conv- ention and Visitors Authority. She over- sees our Washington DC office. In this post she promotes and sells Las Vegas and Clark County as a premier destination for the convention and trade show market by aggressively working with the executives or man- agers of corporations, associations, trade show organizers, industry associations, government agencies, political and social communities within the eastern United States. Prior to the promo- tion, Lewis served as a LVCVA sales executive focusing on the association market in the East Coast – a position she held for three and a half years. Before joining the LVCVA, she was a con- vention sales manager with the Hiltons of DC. R e g i n a l d Charlot serves as vice president, Tour- ism Development, Europe for NYC & Company. Charlot, who previous held the position of senior director, Tourism Development, was promoted to his current post in August of 2014. In his new position, Charlot is responsible for developing and managing travel trade activity throughout Europe including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Nordics. He has worked for NYC & Company for six years. NYC & Company's Tourism Development department is responsible for positioning New York City as a premier travel destination through domestic and international travel trade efforts in 17 international offices, cov- ering 27 global markets. S p e a k i n g O f P e o p l e

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