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Hiring Announcements for DMCVB

The DMCVB is taking on Dave Beachnau as senior vice president of sales, marketing and sports, and has promoted Kris Smith to director of the Detroit Sports Commission.

"The knowledge and expertise that Dave has contributed to the DMCVB is invaluable, and we look forward to what he will accomplish in his new role," says Larry Alexander, president and CEO. "In his short time with the DSC, Kris has helped increase our profile within the national governing bodies of the Olympic movement, as well as created local awareness of the DSC."

Meet Scott Stinebaugh, a People Person

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Scott Stinebaugh is a spartan. But as an MSU student, his focus was business, not the university’s well reputed hospitality program.

“I never had any idea I would wind up in hospitality,” says Stinebaugh, director of sales and marketing for the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. “But I wound up in a Hilton training program right out of college. It wasn’t really what I wanted to do, but I was intrigued by it. And that was the beginning, in 1987. So I’ve been doing this for a long time.”

MIchigan CVBs Going High-Tech to Improve Travel & Meeting Experience

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Looking for ways to lure visitors to your destination? Convention and visitors bureaus across Michigan are embracing and deploying the latest technology to make planning leisure travel and destination events easier and more successful. Here are the most exciting things our state's bureau leaders are doing in the technology space. 

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Cutting-edge websites load quickly and function smoothly whether the user is on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Event Snapshots: The 11th Annual Best of Michigan Awards

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MIM+E held its 11th annual Best of Michigan party May 19 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Kurt Colone and Mike Staff Productions provided music and emcee services; event favorite Empty Canvas returned to provide entertainment; Shutterbooth made sure everyone got the chance to take a photo; Holiday Market served up delicious desserts and Top That! Event provided the décor.

Greater Lansing CVB Staffer Receives MI-SGMP Honor

Amanda Toy, the associate director of sales at The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau was named the Supplier of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. The announcement was made at SGMP’s annual award ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel.

New Venue Spotlight: Polk Penguin Conservation Center

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Whether or not your event is black-tie, host it at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center and at least 80 guests will be wearing tuxedos.

The King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins, to be exact. The stunning new center for the four species, designed by Jones and Jones and Albert Kahn Associates, resembles a gigantic Arctic glacier.

Annual Rose Award Winners Announced

Recently, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted their 22nd Annual Recognition of Service Excellence Awards at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Nominations are provided by clients, guests, supervisors, and the public; the awards recognize outstanding customer service. This award ceremony has six categories, a special Overall Service Champion category.

Lisa Timbo Appointed General Manager of JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago has announced the appointment of Lisa Timbo to the role of general manager. Timbo, a Chicago native, has been in the industry for 30 years

Previously, she served as general manager at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center since 2010.

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