• Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau Recognizes Staff Achievements, Makes New Hire

     
    POSTED September 13, 2016
     

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (announced that several staff members have received new certifications and also made a new hire.

Cheryl McCullough, director of sports and special events, has completed the requirements to earn her Certified Sports Event Executive credential from the National Association of Sports Commissions. Since it began in 2002, the CSEE program has been the only certification for sports event professionals that are looking to enhance their professional development in the field. To earn the designation, participants must complete eight four-hour courses that focus on strategic planning, sales and marketing, sports event management, the bid process and more. Only 180 sport tourism professionals currently have the certificate, and more than 500 participants are currently enrolled in the program.

Jennifer Dellinger, group servicing manager, received the Certified Meeting Professional certification.—one of the meeting industry’s top professional classifications. It is knownthroughout the industry as a distinguished credential. The Convention Industry Council created the CMP program in 1985. It has enhanced the professionalism of the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry; more than 10,000 individuals in 55 countries have earned the CMP certificate.

Sarah Conde was hired as the new sales coordinator. Conde graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She previously worked at Visit Norfolk, working with the vice president of sales and the senior director of convention services to drive more business to the Pikes Peak Region.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.