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New vice president set to arrive on the ACVB scene

A vice president of business development and corporate events will soon join the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), which impacts the city’s economy through conventions and tourism.

Starting Nov. 18, Amy Patterson will oversee corporate development, direct ACVB’s membership department and produce corporate events, including the annual meeting and Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame.

“Amy is a seasoned professional with an extensive background in hospitality, events and sports management,” said William Pate, president and CEO, ACVB. “Her impressive experience and achievements in Atlanta’s hospitality and events industries make her the perfect fit for the job.”

Patterson replaces Ellie Westman Chin, who will relocate to Denver where her husband, Ken Chin, has been appointed as executive director of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.

“Ellie has done an outstanding job during her seven-year tenure with the Bureau. She has grown our membership to record levels while producing the Bureau’s most memorable events,” said Pate. “We will miss her leadership, but she is leaving us having built the most talented membership team in the business.

Currently the senior project director for Fay+Sawers Productions (FSP) in Dallas, Patterson oversees a variety of large-scale sports-related events, including the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

She served as director of operations for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four Atlanta Local Organizing Committee and worked as events manager for five years at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where she planned and executed more than 20 Bowl Week events.

Patterson also spent five years in the hotel industry where she worked as a convention operations manager for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Tampa Marriott Waterside, as sales manager at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville, Va., and as convention services manager for Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

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