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"To enhance the collaboration and partnership between sales professionals of convention centers and destination marketing organizations, by delivering education, developing best practices and tracking industry trends worldwide."

CSPI Mission Statement

About CSPI

Achieving Success Together

Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI), formerly the Association for Convention Sales and Marketing Executives (ACME), is dedicated to fostering a spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals and their convention sales counterparts at convention centers, hotels and regional destination marketing organizations (DMOs). CSPI brings together the headquarter hotel sales professionals, conventions centers and destination marketing organizations so that they can seamlessly serve their shared clients. Convention sales professionals at centers and DMOs play a leading and interdependent role in bringing conventions and the positive impact these large meetings have on the economic prosperity of a city or a region.

Nationwide, conventions and trade shows generate $80 billion a year and rank among the top 25 industries contributing to the nation’s Gross National Product, according to the American Society of Association Executives. If conventions are big business, they are also an intensely competitive business, pursued by cities and regions nationwide. The need for citywide convention sales and marketing professionals to be at the top of their game is critical as is their ability to work as a team to secure bookings.

Sharing a common destination and destiny

CSPI is the only association dedicated to the mutual and cooperative success of centers, DMO's and their citywide sales counterparts. CSPI advances this important goal through year-round programs and events that provide numerous opportunities for continuing education, member communications, knowledge exchange between members such as monthly member conference calls, professional networking and social interaction with center and DMO peers.

DMOs and convention centers share common geographic destinations whose attributes they promote as they pursue a successful destiny as convention sales partners. CSPI exists to support our members in achieving that destiny by working together to reach their organizational and career goals.

Our History

Among the circle of hospitality properties, businesses and sites served by a city or regional destination marketing organization (DMO), the convention center is typically its largest partner and the major source for generating sales and hotel room nights.

As natural sales collaborators, a handful of like-minded convention center and DMO sales professionals established the Association of Convention Marketing Executives in 1991 based on the leadership of Bill Just. Bill identified a gap in the meetings marketplace and conducted the association’s first official meeting at the Seattle Convention Center in June of that year. The association has grown steadily in its membership and its mission to foster closer cooperation between center and DMO sales professionals since that time.

In 2011, the association changed its name to Convention Sales Professional International to more accurately reflect it goals to encourage convention centers and DMO sales staffs to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

CSPI has reached a milestone in the conventions industry and has broadened its reach to include our headquarter hotel properties and future convention sales professionals. As we enter in 2016 we look forward to celebrating 25 years of successful collaboration as we grow stronger than ever and look forward to the next 25 years!

Shawn Corwin –Myland Award

This award is given annually in memory of Shawn Corwin-Myland a long standing member and past president of the association who lost her battle with cancer in October of 2006.  The award is given to a member in good standing who is considered by the board to be “a leader and contributor, dedicated and committed to the CSPI mission, hardworking and well respected in the industry and an individual who is passionate about the success of CSPI and other CSPI members.”

YEARRECIPIENT
2017Matt Pizzuti
2016Irene Sperling
2015Fred Wise
2014Kelsey Soukup
2013Sandy Harvey
2012Tracey Kegebin
YEARRECIPIENT
2011Linda Erikson
2010Cathy Keller
2009Jeff Holcomb
2008Linda Addaman
2007Norwood Smith

Shawn Corwin –Myland Award

This award is given annually in memory of Shawn Corwin-Myland a long standing member and past president of the association who lost her battle with cancer in October of 2006.  The award is given to a member in good standing who is considered by the board to be “a leader and contributor, dedicated and committed to the CSPI mission, hardworking and well respected in the industry and an individual who is passionate about the success of CSPI and other CSPI members.”

2017 Recipient

Matt Pizzuti

2016 Recipient

Irene Sperling

2015 Recipient

Fred Wise

2014 Recipient

Kelsey Soukup

2013 Recipient

Sandy Harvey

2012 Recipient

Tracey Kegebin

2011 Recipient

Linda Erikson

2010 Recipient

Cathy Keller

2009 Recipient

Jeff Holcomb

2008 Recipient

Linda Addaman

2007 Recipient

Norwood Smith

Past Presidents

YEARPRESIDENTREPRESENTINGCONFERENCE LOCATION
1991Carroll ArmstrongSan Diego Convention CenterReception during ASAE in Chicago
1992Carroll ArmstrongSan Diego Convention CenterConference in Chicago with ASAE
1993Carroll ArmstrongSan Diego Convention CenterConference in Chicago with ASAE
1994Don EnglerNew Orleans Convention CenterConference in Chicago with ASAE
1995Don EnglerNew Orleans Convention CenterSheraton w/ Destination Showcase
1996Don EnglerNew Orleans Convention CenterSheraton w/ Destination Showcase
1997Doug NielsonSan Francisco CVBSheraton w/ Destination Showcase
1998Claude LegrisPennsylvania Convention CenterSheraton w/ Destination Showcase
1999Ralph GoodmanSeattle CVBSheraton w/ Destination Showcase
2000Sally GardinerDaytona Beach CVBOrlando Prior to ASAE
2001Joe DeGirolamoAtlantic City CVBPhiladelphia Prior to ASAE
2002Matt PizzutiPortland Convention CenterDenver Prior to ASAE
2003Matt PizzutiPortland Convention CenterDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2004Fred WiseOcean City CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2005Shawn Corwin-MylandBloomington MN CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2006Norwood SmithTampa Bay CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2007Sally ForrestPhoenix CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2008Sherry ChambersColumbus Convention CenterDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2009Jeff HolcombMadison WI, CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2010Tracey KegebeinSyracuse CVBDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2011Yulita OsubaOrange County Convention CenterDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2012Cathy KellerVisit OmahaDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2013Eric BlancTampa Convention CenterDC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase
2014Stacey KnoppelBaltimore Convention CenterHamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington DC
2015Stacey KnoppelBaltimore Convention CenterHamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington DC
2016Russell R. Rice, CMPPennsylvania Convention CenterMarriott Marquis w/ Destination Showcase
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Contact Info

Convention Sales Professionals
International (CSPI)

P.O. Box 39
Buck Hill Falls, PA 18323
(570) 871-0818

Angela Daniels, President

Pam Fitzgerald, Administrator
pam@cspionline.org