Pictured L-R: Brian Richey, executive vice president of ConferenceDirect, Ken Barnett, intermediary accounts director at Visit Orlando (winner of CVB of the Year, Major Market), and Larry Hanson, chief marketing officer of ConferenceDirect.
Each year, ConferenceDirect recognizes members of their supplier community that have demonstrated tremendous partnership, support, and customer services. On March 27, at ConferenceDirect’s Annual Partner Meeting at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, the 2017 award winners were announced.
“We are extremely fortunate for the supplier community we work with daily,” says Brian D. Stevens, ConferenceDirect’s chief executive officer. “They are true partners that play a vital role in our organization to accomplish mutual success.”
2017 President’s Award: Gregg Balko, CEO, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering
Hotel Salesperson of the Year – North America: Maggie Menozzi, director of national accounts, Hiltons of Chicago (pictured left, flanked by Richey and Hanson)
Hotel Salesperson of the Year – International: Anthony Sanchez, sales manager, Marriott Los Suenos Costa Rica
Global Hotel Salesperson of the Year – Small Brand: Scott Bryant, director, global accounts, Omni Hotels
Global Hotel Salesperson of the Year – Large Brand: Tricia Dillard, director of strategic accounts – Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Service Provider of the Year: Valerie Hershiser, national account director, Hello! Destination Management
Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Year – Secondary Market: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Year – Primary Market: Visit Orlando
Based in West Hollywood, Calif., ConferenceDirect is a full-service global meetings solution company whose portfolio of services includes: Site Selection & Contract Negotiation, Conference Management, Housing & Registration Services, Mobile App Technology and Strategic Meetings Management Programs. Their 375+ associates manage more than 11,000 meetings, conferences and events representing 3.88 million room nights annually for more than 2,500 customers. For more info, visit www.conferencedirect.com.