• GLCVB Staff Members Receive Destination Management Executive Designation

     
    POSTED September 7, 2018
     

Julie Pingston, executive vice president/chief operating officer and David Buckenberger, senior vice president of Business Development of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau have earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry.

The program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies. It is designed to better prepare senior destination organization executives and managers to become more effective organizational and community leaders. 

“We’re proud to have two of our key executives earn this highly-respected designation,” said GLCVB President and CEO, Jack Schripsema. “Our organization takes pride in its employees and the work they do to provide excellent service to the Greater Lansing hospitality community and this certification exemplifies the vision and dedication that Julie and Dave bring to the Greater Lansing CVB.” 

 

Pinnacle Venue Services has named Dezarae Anderson as the General Manager of the Birch Run Expo Center. This will be a promotion for Anderson, as she previously worked as the Sales, Marketing & Event Manager at the Expo Center.

 

Cruise around greater Detroit and you’ll see plenty of promotion — from metro airport wall displays to highway billboards — spotlighting Motown as America’s greatest comeback city.

And, fortunately for meeting and event planners, the metro area’s tourism website also has evolved during these many years of economic rebirth and marketplace rebranding.

So it was good to see the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau staff all smiles this week after Skift named the visitdetroit.com website as one of the 25 best tourism board websites in the world for 2017.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.