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Deb Archer

President & CEO Greater Madison CVB Madison, WI s President & CEO of both the Greater Madison CVB and Madison Sports Commission, Deb Archer, CDME, is focused on growing the area’s leisure, sports, convention and business tourism. She has held the position since 1995; previously, she was a sales executive for the CVB of Greater Kansas City. She is active in DMAI, the WI Society of Association Executives and National Association of Sports Commissions.


Tammy Blount

President & CEO Monterey County CVB Monterey, CA ith over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, Tammy Blount focuses on bringing more business and tourists to Monterey County. A Fellow Certified Destination Marketing Executive, Blount has served as CEO of the Tacoma Regional CVB and on the leadership team of Tourism Vancouver. She is a member of the DMAI Executive Committee and co-chairs DMAI’s Destination Next Task Force.



Bonnie Carlson


President & CEO Bloomington CVB Bloomington, MN uring her 24 years with the Bloomington CVB, Bonnie Carlson has promoted the hospitality industry at local, state, national and international levels. In 2009, Explore Minnesota Tourism recognized her as the Outstanding Individual in Tourism. She has been active in the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, the U.S. Travel Association, DMAI and the Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.


Maura Allen Gast

Executive Director Irving CVB Irving, TX ppointed to her current role in October 2003, Maura Allen Gast oversaw the opening of the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. She has served as Chair of DMAI and is a Fellow Certified Destination Management Executive. In addition, Gast has been named to the Board of Directors for the Texas Society of Association Executives, and to the Ethics Committee for the ASAE.


Casandra Matej

President & CEO Visit San Antonio San Antonio, TX ince 2011, Casandra Matej, CDMA, CTA, has overseen the sales and marketing of San Antonio’s hospitality industry. She launched the Top 100 Sales Strategy that targets key local industries to bring their meetings to the city, and introduced San Antonio’s Certified Tourism Ambassador program to promote the certification locally. Matej is a recipient of the ESPA Executive Excellence Award.


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Women CVB Executives Julie Coker Graham

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 been appointed to the 2016 board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.


Renee McKenney

Senior Vice President / Chief Experience Officer Dallas CVB Dallas, TX ast October, Renee McKenney, CMP, was named Senior Vice President / Chief Experience Officer, reportedly the first C-level role of its kind created at a CVB. McKenney most recently served as National Sales Director for Disney Destinations – the Walt Disney Company. She has served as PCMA Host Committee Chair in 2010 and ASAE Host Committee Chair in 2012.


Amy Calvert

SVP of Convention Sales & Services Visit Baltimore Baltimore, MD my Calvert has been instrumental in establishing Visit Baltimore’s strategic sales partnerships with ASAE, PCMA, IAEE and MPI. She also helped to create Synchronicities, a meetings-focused sales and marketing partnership that joins Baltimore with San Antonio, TX, and Anaheim, CA. Calvert was recently appointed to PCMA’s Education Foundation Board of Trustees.


Madonna Carr

Vice President of Destination Services Meet Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN adonna Carr, CMP, oversees the Destination Services department at Meet Minneapolis, as well as Housing Services and Meeting Services Plus. She has been with Meet Minneapolis since 1991. A Past President of the Event Service Professionals Association, Carr holds memberships in PCMA, ASAE and the Midwest Society of Association Executives.


Cheryl Kilday

President & CEO Visit Spokane Spokane, WA 25-year tourism industry veteran, Cheryl Kilday, CDME, CTA, leads Visit Spokane while serving as Board Chair of the Washington Tourism Alliance. She has received the 2010 Judy Patterson Tourism Award from Visit Loudoun, as well as awards from U.S. Travel Association and DMAI. Kilday has also been an association executive for over 20 years.


Karen Williams

President & CEO Louisville CVB Louisville, KY aren Williams served 23 years at the Louisville CVB, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2012. That year, she received the Dan Mangeot Memorial Award, given to an individual who has greatly contributed to Louisville’s tourism initiatives. Williams returned to the Louisville CVB to serve as Interim following the departure of Jim Wood, subsequently becoming President and CEO.



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