• 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.

The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has appointed Michael Poompan executive chef. In this role, he oversees all food and beverage operations at the new 251-room hotel. Poompan has served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa and held culinary positions at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.

 

Viewline Resort Snowmass, a newly renovated property in Snowmass Village, has hired Craig Waterman (left)as complex general manager and John Hearns (right) as director of operations.

Waterman, a 36-year veteran in the hospitality industry, oversees all daily operations at Viewline Resort Snowmass, Wildwood Snowmass, and Viewline Event Center. In previous roles, he served as general manager at Snow King Resort & Grandview Residences in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, vice president of opening and transitions for Two Roads Hospitality, and managing director at Parker New York.

 

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley hired Danielle McNair as director of sales and marketing, Catherine Dierolf as a leisure sales manager, and Natalie LaVire as a catering sales and events manager.

» McNair joins The Westin Riverfront from Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality where she served as director of business development. She has held roles in catering, event design, and sales and marketing at Vail Resorts, Vail Valley Partnership, and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail.