"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
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.
|1991||Carroll Armstrong||San Diego Convention Center||Reception during ASAE in Chicago|
|1992||Carroll Armstrong||San Diego Convention Center||Conference in Chicago with ASAE|
|1993||Carroll Armstrong||San Diego Convention Center||Conference in Chicago with ASAE|
|1994||Don Engler||New Orleans Convention Center||Conference in Chicago with ASAE|
|1995||Don Engler||New Orleans Convention Center||Sheraton w/ Destination Showcase|
|1996||Don Engler||New Orleans Convention Center||Sheraton w/ Destination Showcase|
|1997||Doug Nielson||San Francisco CVB||Sheraton w/ Destination Showcase|
|1998||Claude Legris||Pennsylvania Convention Center||Sheraton w/ Destination Showcase|
|1999||Ralph Goodman||Seattle CVB||Sheraton w/ Destination Showcase|
|2000||Sally Gardiner||Daytona Beach CVB||Orlando Prior to ASAE|
|2001||Joe DeGirolamo||Atlantic City CVB||Philadelphia Prior to ASAE|
|2002||Matt Pizzuti||Portland Convention Center||Denver Prior to ASAE|
|2003||Matt Pizzuti||Portland Convention Center||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2004||Fred Wise||Ocean City CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2005||Shawn Corwin-Myland||Bloomington MN CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2006||Norwood Smith||Tampa Bay CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2007||Sally Forrest||Phoenix CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2008||Sherry Chambers||Columbus Convention Center||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2009||Jeff Holcomb||Madison WI, CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2010||Tracey Kegebein||Syracuse CVB||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2011||Yulita Osuba||Orange County Convention Center||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2012||Cathy Keller||Visit Omaha||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2013||Eric Blanc||Tampa Convention Center||DC Convention Center w/ Destination Showcase|
|2014||Stacey Knoppel||Baltimore Convention Center||Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington DC|
|2015||Stacey Knoppel||Baltimore Convention Center||Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington DC|
|2016||Russell R. Rice, CMP||Pennsylvania Convention Center||Marriott Marquis w/ Destination Showcase|