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Jessica Johnson

Visit Seattle has named Jessica Johnson as new Director of Marketing. With more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, Johnson most recently served as the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Wild Gravity. In her new role, Johnson will oversee Visit Seattle’s marketing initiatives, work closely with stakeholders to identify market opportunities, and execute marketing campaign strategies to drive tourism. Her responsibilities will include promoting the destination and building brand awareness on behalf of the city, county, and region through multi-channel campaigns that focus on uplifting historically disadvantaged neighborhoods and BIPOC communities. Johnson will also collaborate with the convention sales and services team and community partners to develop and execute multi-channel meetings and convention business marketing.


Reach Jessica at 206.461.5800 or

Tommy Goodwin

The Advocacy Association shared their Top 21 of ’21 list of advocacy practitioners who have excelled in their practice or profession in the last year. This year’s list includes Tommy Goodwin, Vice President, Government Affairs of the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly formed association dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the business events industry. Goodwin leads ECA’s advocacy on behalf of the exhibitors, show organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that together comprise the events industry. Before joining ECA, he gained more than 20 years of experience in government relations, public affairs, and issue advocacy efforts for several globally recognized associations and corporations. Congratulations to Tommy and all 21 professionals on The Advocacy Association’s Top 21 of ’21 list!


Reach Tommy at (703) 672-0780 or


Reinhard Pfeiffer & Stefan Rummel

Messe München has appointed Reinhard Pfeiffer and Stefan Rummel as the co-heads to take over in July 2022. Both executives will oversee the business operations as sole and equal Managing Directors. Pfeiffer has been a member of the Board of Management of Messe München since 2008 and has served as Deputy CEO since 2014. Rummel has held a managerial position at Messe München since 2010 and became a member of the Board of Management in 2015. The two executives will replace current Chairman and CEO Klaus Dittrich, who is retiring in 2022 after spending more than 20 years at Messe München.


Reach Reinhard, Stefan, and Klaus at +49 89 949-20720 or

Andria Gibbon

NATDA has announced that Andria Gibbon, CEM has been promoted to Executive Director after posting record-breaking numbers both in terms of overall association membership and attendance for the NATDA Trailer Show. In 2021, the annual show saw a 2% increase over its previous 2017 record, and Gibbon was nominated for a TSNN Award for the show’s praise. Meanwhile, overall membership of the association increased across the board thanks to Gibbon’s efforts. Gibbon has been in the association and trade show industry for over 20 years, most recently holding the title of Director of Operations & Events for NATDA.


Reach Andria at (727) 360-0304 x 102

Diego Herrera

GES has named Diego Herrera as new Director New Business Development.

Herrera joins GES after spending four years as an Account Executive at a rival exhibit house, gaining experience leading global programs in a variety of industries. At GES, Herrera will focus on developing new partnerships and innovative face-to-face marketing strategy.


Reach Diego at (702) 515-5970

Billie Jo Poufcas

GES has named Billie Jo Poufcas as new Account Director. Poufcas brings more than 15 years of leadership, strategy, and healthcare program management experience to the GES team, most recently serving as Account Director for 3D Exhibits and Matrex Exhibits. At GES, Poufcas will lead an account team focused on managing large program healthcare accounts that offer best-in-class experiential marketing solutions to GES’ healthcare client base.


Reach Billie Jo at (702) 515-5970

Steve Faulstick

Metro, the regional government of Portland, has named longtime Portland tourism leader Steve Faulstick as Interim General Manager of Visitor Venues to take the lead over some of the region’s most popular tourist destinations. This announcement comes less than two weeks after Broadway shows returned to area theaters and ceonference attendees returned to the region for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Faulstick served as the general manager of Portland-area hotels before becoming the Chief Sales Officer for Travel Portland in 2016. Faulstick will now oversee Metro’s portfolio of visitor venues including the Oregon Convention Center and Portland Expo Center.


Reach Steve at (503) 797-1700

Donna Ward

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has appointed Donna Ward as Vice President of Sales overseeing the resort’s hotel sales operations including meetings and conventions. Ward has more than 35 years of sales experience throughout Atlantic City. Most recently, Ward served as VP of Sales, Catering and Convention Services at Golden Nugget. At Hard Rock, Ward will focus on bringing the best meetings and conventions to the facility elevating the Atlantic City market as a whole.


Reach Donna at (609) 449-1000

Kelli Donahoe

Kelli Donahoe, CMP has been appointed the new General Manager of the Dayton Convention Center (DCC). Donahoe most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. In her new role, Donahoe will manage staff engaged with promotion and operation of the facility and collaborate to grow key partnerships with area stakeholders in the community. Additionally, Donahoe will work to drive momentum for the DCC’s growth, including an impeding $35M renovation.


Reach Kelli at (937) 535-5300

Darrell Denny

Darrell Denny has joined IMS (Inquiry Management Systems Ltd.) as Director Strategic Accounts. Denny has more than 30 years of experience working on B2B trade shows, conferences, digital products, data, and publishing, serving at the Executive Vice President level with Miller Freeman, Inc., Penton Media Inc. (now part of Informa), and Emerald Expressions, LLC. Denny’s media products portfolio features magazines, websites, digital offerings, and 16 trade show brands that have been recognized by TSE’s Gold 100. At IMS, Denny will focus on key clients and services development.


Reach Darrell at 1-800-263-0669 ext. 104 or