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.