Puerto Rico, San Jose CVBs Name New Leaders, Hiring Continues Across Industry

August 4, 2013

The summer months haven’t slowed down the busy hiring pace by show management and supplier companies, with two new leaders being named at CVBs and a host of other people news in the past month.

Milton Segarra was named the new president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Segarra previously was executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and served as Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. He also has held various sales, marketing and C-level management positions with some of Puerto Rico’s top international hotel brands, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Resorts Puerto Rico.

After a year-long search, Team San Jose (Calif.) hired Karolyn Kirchgesle as its new CEO. Kirchgesle was president and CEO of Visit Saint Paul and was brought on in San Jose, for one reason, because of her experience of successfully merging the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau and RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority in Minnesota (a similar model to San Jose), and has run that combined entity successfully for nine years.

Prior to serving as leader of Visit Saint Paul, she held executive level roles with Greater New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau (executive director), Sioux Falls Convention Center (director of sales and Marketing) and Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau (executive director).

Shepard Exhibition Services promotes Frances Maestre to director of sales in its Orlando office. "The solid growth we've experienced throughout all of our offices is a testament to the hard work of people like Frances,” said Richard Maples, Shepard's executive vice president

Exhibit design firm EP&M International hired Rob White as business development manager, who most recently held the position of director of marketing at Protective Industrial Products, and Amber Walley as marketing coordinator, who recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University. In addition, Deb Flack, who has been with the firm as a Project Manager since 2009, assumes the duties of marketing director.

Global Spectrum, operators of the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Nueces County, Texas, named Amie Daniel Lee as the first-ever marketing coordinator for the seven-year-old facility.  Prior to joining Global Spectrum, Lee was the marketing director of La Palmera in Corpus Christi, Texas for Trademark Properties, Inc. and the marketing manager for SMG at the American Bank Center. 

AVT Event Technologies, a division of Freeman Audio Visual, has named Eddy Eisenberg as the company’s new president. One of the company’s original founders, Eisenberg replaces AVT’s former president, Martin Kwitschau. Eisenberg most recently served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer at AVT. Prior to AVT, Eisenberg served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Presentation Services.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales, has been elected to serve as the vice president/president elect of the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) board of directors. Meyer’s term begins in July, where he will serve one year as the vice president, followed by another year as president.

Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been elected chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) board of directors.

Kevin M. Hinton joined SmithBucklin as chief staff officer of Site and executive director of the Site International Foundation. Hinton previously served as executive vice president of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and CEO of hinton+grusich.

Sven Krister Sandvoss has assumed new responsibilities as head of the Global Fairs department at Deutsche Messe AG’s subsidiary Hannover Fairs International GmbH. His predecessor, Tessa Forsblad, has taken on leadership responsibilities for HANNOVER MESSE.

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