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CSPI ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF 2018 SHAWN CORWIN-MYLAND AWARD

February 12, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is pleased to announce Stacey Knoppel, Director of Convention Management for Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Shawn Corwin-Myland Award bestowed by the association. Stacey has been an active member of CSPI since 2007.  She served on the Board of Directors from 2012-2016 and was CSPI President in 2014.

Previously, Knoppel was with the Baltimore Convention Center where she served as the Director of Sales, Service and Marketing. She previously held positions at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center through Centerplate/NBSE and the Baltimore Convention Center through ARAMARK.

In addition to Knoppel’s leadership as past president and board member of CSPI she has also served on the CSPI Education Committee for many years helping the association to continuously deliver leading edge education to the members.  Knoppel is an active member of various industry associations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Capital Chapter, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals and those directly involved in booking convention business and the development of economic stimulus for their respective cities or regions.  Its mission, in part, is to deliver education, foster creative change in the industry, develop best practices, and track industry trends worldwide.

According to CSPI the 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.” Knoppel now joins a distinguished list of Industry Professionals who have received the award previously. For a complete list of industry professionals who have been past recipients of CSPI’s Shawn Corwin-Myland Award please visit www.cspionline.org.

A native of Maryland, Knoppel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and an Executive Leadership Program Certification through the IAVM from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

CSPI is a 501 c (6) not for profit organization dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals.  CSPI brings together the sales professionals of convention centers, destination marketing organizations and those directly involved in booking group and convention business, so they can seamlessly serve their shared clients.  CSPI represents over 100-member destinations/venues.  CSPI’s Annual Conference brings together highly respected and forward-thinking convention and destination sales professionals from around the nation and delivers leading edge education, promotes the development of best practices, and tracks industry trends worldwide. CSPI is a proud member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) advancing the events industry and the professionals who lead the business of meetings. For additional information visit:  www.cspionline.org.

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Convention Sales Professionals International: CSPI

Announces 2019 Board of Directors

February 12, 2019 - Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is proud to announce the 2019 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors was inducted at CSPI’s Annual Conference February 12, 2019 in Washington D.C.  The Mission Statement of CSPI is “to enhance the collaboration and partnership between sales professionals of convention centers, destination marketing organizations, and their citywide counterparts by delivering education, developing best practices and tracking industry trends worldwide”.  CSPI’s membership consists of Convention Centers, Hotels and Convention and Visitors Bureaus around the country.

 

Immediate Past President:

Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, CASE, CDMP

Assistant Director of Sales

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Hollywood FL

rosa.mendoza@seminolehardrock.com

 

President:

Elizabeth Berry, CASE

Senior Sales Manager

Baltimore Convention Center

eberry@bccenter.org

 

First Vice President:

John Oney

Director of Sales

RP Funding Center – Lakeland, FL

john.oney@rpfundingcenter.com

 

Second Vice President:

Sharon Altland Myers

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

saltland@pa.gov

 

 

Board Member Director

Eric Reichert

Senior Alliant Energy Center Account Manager

Destination Madison

reichert@visitmadison.com

 

Board Member Director

Kelli Donahoe, CMP

Director of Sales & Marketing

David L Lawrence Convention Center – Pittsburgh PA

kdonahoe@pittsburghcc.com

 

Board Member Director

Michael McQuade

Director of Sales

Washington State Convention Center – Seattle, WA

michael.mcquade@wscc.com

 

Board Member Director

Regina Brittingham

Regional Sales Manager

Roland E. Powell Convention Center- Ocean City, MD

rbrittingham@oceancitymd.gov

 

 

Board Member Director

Trudy Signh, CMP

Regional Vice President

NYC & Company

tsignh@nycgo.com

 

Board Member Director

Mary Lynn Novelli, CMP

Strategic Business Development Director

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

mnovelli@pcma.org

 

 

Ex-Officio Board Member Director/Treasurer

Russell R. Kice, CMP, CEM, HMCC

Senior National Sales Manager

Pennsylvania Convention Center

rkice@paconvention.com

 

Additionally, the Association announced the introduction of an advisory committee made up of Industry professionals who have served as Past Presidents.

 

 

 

 

Advisory Council Members:

 

Matt Pizzuti, Deputy Director, Oregon Convention Center

Stacey Knoppel, Director of Convention Management, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Angela Daniels, Director of Sales, Marketing and Services Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Rosa Mendoza Friedheim, Assistant Director of Sales, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Russell Kice, Senior National Sales Manager, Pennsylvania Convention Cente

 

CSPI is a 501 c (6) not for profit organization dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals.  CSPI brings together the sales professionals of convention centers, destination marketing organizations and those directly involved in booking group and convention business, so they can seamlessly serve their shared clients.  CSPI represents over 100-member destinations/venues.  CSPI’s Annual Conference brings together highly respected and forward-thinking convention and destination sales professionals from around the nation and delivers leading edge education, promotes the development of best practices, and tracks industry trends worldwide. CSPI is a proud member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) advancing the events industry and the professionals who lead the business of meetings. For additional information visit:  www.cspionline.org.

 

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Baltimore Convention Center Sales Executive Named CSPI President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2019 - Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) announces the appointment of Elizabeth Berry, CASE as the Association Board President at the 28th annual Conference held on February 12, 2019 at The Marriott Marquis in Washington DC.

Berry, a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, serves as Senior Sales Manager at the Baltimore Convention Center where she has been employed since 2012.  Berry is an active member of the PCMA Chesapeake and Capital Chapters. She succeeds Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, Assistant Director of Sales at the Seminole Hardrock Casino Hotel in Hollywood Florida as President.  Her goal is to amnplify engagement within CSPI’s membership while focusing on strengthening industry partnerships through collaborative efforts, unity and professionalism for the betterment of the convention sales industry.

“Our goal is to continue to keep our members engaged and connected while looking ahead at future industry trends and discussing hot topics in an ever-changing marketplace. The largest common denominator of our membership is that we all share the same customer while generating economic stimulus for our destinations.  CSPI remains focused on providing the tools, the education and most important the peer to peer networking and collaboration in support of these common interests”, stated Berry.

 

CSPI is a 501 c (6) not for profit organization dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals.  CSPI brings together the sales professionals of convention centers, destination marketing organizations and those directly involved in booking group and convention business, so they can seamlessly serve their shared clients.  CSPI represents over 100-member destinations/venues.  CSPI’s Annual Conference brings together highly respected and forward-thinking convention and destination sales professionals from around the nation and delivers leading edge education, promotes the development of best practices, and tracks industry trends worldwide. CSPI is a proud member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) advancing the events industry and the professionals who lead the business of meetings. For additional information visit:  www.cspionline.org.

2017 Board of Directors Announced

The Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors was inducted at the CSPI Annual Conference March 1st, 2017 in Washington D.C. The Mission Statement of CSPI is “to enhance the collaboration and partnership between sales professionals of convention centers and destination marketing organizations, by…

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Convention Sales Professionals
International (CSPI)

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

Elizabeth Berry, CASE, President 

eberry@bccenter.org

 

CSPI Headquarters
morgan@cspionline.org