Background 1997-1998I went to Western Business College and earneda degree in Travel and Hospitality Management.
1998Internship with Rosenbluth International one of the top 3 travel management companies in the United States.
1998-1999The work I did as an intern resulted in being hired towork with Rosenbluth on one of their large corporate travel accounts.
2000-2001I found myself in Savannah, GA working for a leadinglocal retail travel agency. Agent and buyer of domestic and international packaged travel. Top seller of cruise packages and Disney package product in our agency. Planned group leisure and FIT package programs. Managed day-to-day aspects of retail travel agency
2001I was lucky enough to return to Portland and promotethe place I love working with the Portland OregonVisitors Association.
Portland Oregon Visitors Association Leisure Housing Manager 2001-2004 Co-developed and marketed travel promotions and packaged travel products for sale via destination website. Trained industry stakeholders to effectively utilize our marketing programs and to receive the greatest ROI from those promotions. Created a hotel outreach program that allows the bureau to respond to the unique concerns of each hotel partner.
2004-Present Travel Portland Tourism Sales Manager USA, Canada & Oceana Travel Trade Sales for the markets listed above, representing the four county Greater Portland Region Stakeholder Development in the Greater Portland Region to encourage participation in tourism programs Plan, organize and participate in multiple travel tradeshows, sales missions and familiarization tours of the region and state Work within and maintain an annual budget Annual sales efforts responsible for nearly $2 million dollars in estimated economic impact to the region, several thousand room nights and hundreds of leads to industry partners
Professional Affiliations 2009-2012 NTA Executive/Finance Committee and Board of Directors DMO Chairman Strong direction/assistance in opening NTA’s China office in Shanghai via US Department of Commerce matching grant program 2010- present NTA and STI (Sustainable Travel International) Ambassador