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Donna Del Gallo

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau named Donna Del Gallo Regional Director of Convention Sales. In this new role she will promote Miami and Miami Beach as a premier destination for events with the Destination Marketing Organization, focusing on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. Del Gallo brings more than 25 years of experience to the position and previously was the Director of Citywide Accounts for the San Francisco Travel Association.

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Robert Rose

In July, Robert Rose, CVE, will receive the Convention Center Lifetime Achievement Award at IAVM’s VenueConnect in Phoenix. Rose retired after 22 years at the Tampa Convention Center where he had worked as the Chief Operating Officer, Event Operations Manager and Convention Facilities Director, among other roles. He also was the Director of Event Services & Bookings for the MLB Tampa Bay Rays, prior to the Tampa Convention Center.

Dave Savula

Dave Savula joined Dallas Market Center as a Business Development Strategist. Savula brings more than 25 years of experience with him to Dallas Market Center, and he was most recently he worked at International Market Centers in an executive position. In this new role, Savula will be responsible for growth strategy across the marketplace with a special focus on home décor, design and gift.

Ron Bracco

Destination DC (DDC) announced Ron Bracco as the new Board Chairman. Bracco is currently the Vice President of Events at Hargrove by Encore, where he has spent nearly 25 years. He has also previously served as Vice Chairperson of the DDC board.

John Rozum

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers promoted John Rozum to Senior Director of Ag & Utility Exhibitions and Events. Rozum was The Utility Expo Show Director and IFPE Show Director prior to this promotion, and he has been with the AEM for more than eight years.

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Mike Besecker

Mike Besecker joined Ungerboeck as its Chief Revenue Officer. Besecker brings more than 22 years of experience into the role, and most recently he was the Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas & APAC at JAGGAER. He will be leading a global team that is responsible for the entire customer revenue lifecycle.

Jim McPherson

Ungerboeck promoted Jim McPherson to the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer. McPherson was previously the Senior Vice President – Americas Customer Growth and Success. In this new position, he will be responsible for the company’s Professional and Technical Solutions and Customer Success Management teams’ global efforts.

David Spencer

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp promoted David Spencer to Senior Vice President, Events. Spencer has spent almost 18 years at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and previously was Vice President, Events. He has also led the NCVC’s Convention Services team.

Reach David at or (615) 259-4770

Scott Wright

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp promoted Scott Wright to Senior Vice President, Sales. Wright has been working at the NCVC for 22 years, and most recently he was Vice President, Sales, and before that the Director of Sales. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the role.

Reach Scott at or (615) 259-4710

Yancy Weinrich

Yancy Weinrich joined CloserStill Media as the President of North America. Weinrich was previously the Chief Growth Officer at RX, where she worked for nearly 18 years. She will help lead CloserStill Media through an expansion and acquisitions across multiple industry portfolios, with her decades of experience in the exhibition industry.