• Meet Mark McMinn

    POSTED October 31, 2016

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Mark McMinn was recently hired as the vice president of sales at the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Monterey, Calif.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as the vice president of sales at The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau?

Representing this fantastic destination to the meetings and event industry and leading a fantastic group of sales and service professionals. Also I am thrilled to be a part of a team of destination marketing professionals who strive for excellence and are super creative and engaging.

2. How do you think your past industry experience has prepared you for this role? 

Having worked in diverse destinations, hotels and resorts gives me an encompassing perspective of our fantastically unique and incredibly inspiring destination!

3. What goals do you have in mind for this year and further down the line?

Elevating the awareness and telling the inspiring stories of Monterey County and how our destination can make a difference in a client’s meeting. 

4. How did you get into the industry?

 My mother worked in a hotel kitchen and told me I was to report to work one afternoon after school. I washed pots and pans and prepped a ton of veggies for the banquet chef and team. I am so grateful for that experience as it led me to opportunism beyond my wildest imagination.  

5. What do you enjoy most about the hospitality industry? 

Being of service as you make a difference in someone’s life. By virtue of what we do, we impact lives in immeasurable ways. Just knowing that you had something to do with changing the world makes it all that much more exciting and rewarding.

Nearly all hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, according to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). AHLA conducted the latest Front Desk Feedback survey of nearly 200 hoteliers Sept. 12-19, 2022.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of survey respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 43% ranking it as their biggest challenge. 


The key to maximizing success (and limiting risk) is for marketers to better understand how their audiovisual team works. 

It is almost event day. You are excited, but you are also stressed.

You have spent the last few months preparing for your live stream: that big product launch, quarterly Town Hall, or video conference that your boss needs to go well. Your marketing and communications teams have been working hard, and everything appears ready.


With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.