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Cobo Center appoints sales director

Cobo Center, the 19th largest convention center in the U.S., appointed a new director of sales.

As director of sales, Greg DeSandy is responsible for promoting the use of Cobo Center. In addition to leading the sales team at Cobo to increase facility booking and maximize economic impact on the local area, he works closely with the Detroit Metro Convention Visitors Bureau sales team and area hospitality partners.

ECN 092014_POM_Cobo Center_Greg DeSandy (160x240)“Greg has all of the experience and qualifications we are looking for in the director of sales position, and as a native Detroiter, he is passionately committed to being a part of the city’s incredible comeback,” said Thom Connors, regional vice president and general manager, Cobo Center.

Working with Cobo Center’s governing authority, the Detroit Regional Convention Facility
Authority (DRCFA), DeSandy provides leadership and coaching to the sales team with his core belief in continuous improvement.

“It is an exciting time to return to Detroit. I see so much energy and creativity present, and intend to tap into that spirit and play a role in continuing to make things better here,” said DeSandy.

DeSandy brings 30 years of sales experience in convention center and hotel facilities. He also brings leadership in convention center sales initiatives, and hotel and association partnerships with an emphasis on topline growth.

He held positions with Marriott, Radisson and Westin Hotels & Resorts, and most recently, the Augusta Georgia Marriott and Augusta Convention Center.

DeSandy is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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