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President Discover Central Massachusetts, Worcester, MA s president of Discover Central Massachusetts, Worcester native Christina Andreoli oversees the official tourism and travel agency for the region. She also serves as the Executive Vice President for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she focuses her efforts on economic development and business growth in the city of Worcester.


JERRY CITO SVP of Convention Development NYC & Company New York, NY


hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience, Jerry Cito oversees NYC & Company’s network of global sales representatives, including the NYC-based staff, as well as regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. He serves as a trustee on PCMA’s Foundation Board, is a an Executive Committee member of USTA’s Meetings Mean Business Coalition, and sits on the MPI US Council.




President & CEO Philadelphia CVB, Philadelphia, PA ormerly Executive Vice President, Julie Coker Graham was appointed President and CEO of the PHLCVB following the retirement of President and CEO Jack Ferguson. A 21-year Hyatt Hotel Corporation veteran, she serves on the board of Center City District and has served on the board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.


Northeast CVB Executives


ince 2013, Don Jeffries has driven Rochester’s tourism industry to higher levels of growth through convention bookings, tourism marketing and event promotion to visitors. Jeffries has also installed a local ambassador campaign to further develop meeting and convention business, and has forged a stronger partnership between Visit Rochester and the Monroe County Sports Commission.


President and CEO Providence Warwick CVB, Providence, RI artha Sheridan oversees all day-to-day operations at the PWCVB, leading a staff of 22 destination sales and marketing professionals. In 2016, the PWCVB received a Providence Business News Business Excellence Award in the Not-for-Profit Category. She holds or has held leadership positions with organizations including the U.S. Travel Association and the MPI New England Chapter.



VP of Marketing & Interim President Visit Syracuse, Syracuse, NY arol Eaton has dedicated over two decades to the tourism industry working for Visit Syracuse. Eaton was recognized as a 2014 Star of the Industry and presented with Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year award from the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association. She currently serves on the board of the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council and is a past Chairwoman.



President/CEO Discover Long Island, Long Island, NY risten Jarnagin came to Long Island from Arizona, where she spent almost 20 years in various capacities of the tourism industry, including destination marketing for the state of Arizona, branding a luxury resort and serving as the state’s lobbyist for tourism advocacy. Jarnagin was recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Business on Long Island.



President and CEO Visit Rochester, Rochester, NY



President and CEO Buffalo Niagara CVB, Niagara, NY


atrick Kaler has more than 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. He joined Visit Buffalo Niagara in January of 2014 as President and CEO. Before moving to Buffalo, he served for three years as President and CEO of Visit Loudoun and previously oversaw Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board’s offices in multiple international markets, including China, Europe, Japan and Latin America.


Director of Convention Services Visit Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA risten Turner joined VisitPittsburgh in 2004 as Housing Coordinator and now oversees the Housing Services department as well as serves the larger citywide conventions. Her passion for customer service, travel and tourism are the perfect mix for a destination services professional. Turner is also a longtime member of the Event Service Professionals Association.



President Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Middletown, CT ver a career of almost four decades, Scott Phelps has handled everything from convention bureau membership and community affairs to sales operations and top executive responsibilities. He previously served as President of the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau for 30 years, during which time the Connecticut Convention Center was constructed.



CEO Meet AC, Atlantic City, NJ erving in his current role since 2014, Jim Wood, FCDME, has helped Meet AC exceed its goals by attracting more diverse meetings and conventions to Atlantic City. In building the meetings market, Atlantic City has hosted several key industries shows, including MPI’s WEC 2016, Health Professions Network, TEAMS ‘16 Conference & Expo, African American Travel Conference and Meetings Quest 2017.


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