Newly Elected Officers at Michigan CVB Group

Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus’ (MACVB) officers for 2022 have been announced. Heading the group as president is Trevor Tkach, president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism. “I am excited to serve as president of MACVB,” Tkach says. “The association represents dozens of destination organizations around the state, which deliver important economic development activities and tools to their communities. MACVB encourages best practices in sustainable, responsible tourism.”

He adds, “We will continue to help produce the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, the major convening of the hospitality industry in our state, which will be in Traverse City this April. MACVB also plays a strong advocacy role for Michigan’s tourism industry. I look forward to the year ahead as we continue to advance the good work of our members.”

Joining Tkach in leadership roles at MACVB are Mary Robinson, vice president (Livingston County); Julie Pingston, secretary (Lansing); Amanda Wilkin, treasurer (Charlevoix); Janet Kron, past president (grand rapids); and Susan Estler (Marquette) and Bob Lukens (Muskegon), directors-at-large.

Becky Bixby is the new assistant general manager at Detroit’s convention center, Huntington Place. She is certified in exhibition management, brings 29 years of event experience leading teams in customer service training and new technology implementations, and is responsible for all day-to-day operational aspects of the venue, ensuring that all clients’ needs are understood and met. In addition, Bixby is taking the lead role in working toward Platinum LEED certification and managing all sustainability initiatives that cross over multiple departments. Previously, Bixby served as senior manager of client services for Informa Markets, a company that delivers large-scale exhibitions, virtual events, online marketplaces, specialist content and data services to the global event industry.

“Becky brings a 360-degree perspective to her new role as AGM,” says Karen Totaro, general manager of Huntington Place. “She has worked in venues, she has been the general services contractor building the show, and she has been the actual show manager,” Totaro explains. “We are lucky to have her joining the team to ensure we exceed the customer experience from every angle.”

Statewide Tourism Board Names Officers

The Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) has named its 2022 officers. They include president Chad Wiebesick, Destination Ann Arbor; vice president Kim Corcoran, Meetings Michigan; treasurer Dan McCole, Ph.D., Michigan State University; secretary Holly Schonert, MLive Media Group; and directors-at-large Darren Ing of Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds, Jada Paisley of MI Golf Course Association, and Kristin Phillips of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“It’s an immense honor to be elected as president of TICOM, a statewide association that has been serving as a unified voice for Michigan’s travel industry for over 30 years,” says Wiebesick. “And it’s a privilege to be a part of the most representative and diverse association whose dozens of members help contribute to Michigan’s $18 billion visitor economy. Now more than ever, TICOM’s advocacy, education and collaboration are vital to supporting Michigan’s travel industry and rebuilding our economy from the adverse impact of the pandemic.”

Condé Nast Traveler has named two Michigan hotels in its top 15 list in the Midwest: Reader’s Choice Awards 2022.

The Detroit Foundation Hotel ranked fifth and the Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island rated eighth overall. 


MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.


SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”