The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recently announced the appointment of Richard J. Odorisio to the president of the CVB’s Board of Directors.

Odorisio, currently the COO of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association, is replacing Former president Michael Bowman, who is now the VFTCB president.

"Between Mike and Rick's experience and extensive time in the hospitality industry, we are very excited to have both of them leading the charge to showcase Montgomery County's impressive tourism assets," says Josh Shapiro, chairman, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Odorisio communicate information from the VFTCB’s Board of Directors to staff, making sure all the CVB’s objectives remain focused, measurable and actionable.

Previously, Odorisio served as the chairman of the Board of Directors. He has worked in a number of senior management roles for properties including the Marriott, Wyndham, Omni and Hitlon brands. He also served as the director of sales for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"We couldn't be in better hands than to be under the guidance of a board with Rick as president. His insight and counsel will prove to be very valuable as we devise our short- and long-term plans for the future of our organization, says Bowman. “We look forward to his input regarding initiatives that range from this year's World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis to next year's Democratic National Convention to initiatives and strategies to take us well into the future." 

The goal of most charity events is to generate as much money and awareness for the cause as possible. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially with countless galas, walks and campaigns vying for donor attention. 

So how can organizers ensure their fundraisers stand out and stay fresh year after year? What are the best ways to build relationships with donors and maximize their contributions? Fundraising experts from six Michigan nonprofits shared what works for them.

Designate an honorary chair (or two) to headline your event.

 

After they completed voting earlier this year on the 2019 Hall of Fame honorees that appeared in the Summer 2019 issue, we asked several members of the Michigan Meetings + Events Editorial Advisory Board what works best for them.

Here’s a look inside their planning bag.

 

As of August 2019, Detroit’s renowned convention center is officially renamed the TCF Center

The change came in the form of an unprecedented 22-year naming rights deal that will set the venue for financial success in the future, as well as a move toward becoming a self-sustaining facility by 2024.