The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) has elected a new board of directors, the president of which will be Denise Suttle, assistant director of convention services at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, it announced yesterday.
Suttle has worked at the Albuquerque CVB since moving to New Mexico from Oklahoma in 1991. She has been a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) since 1996 and of ESPA since 2000.
Joining Suttle as officers on ESPA's board are: Madonna Carr of Meet Minneapolis, who will serve as president-elect; outgoing President Julie Pingston of the Greater Lansing CVB, who will move into the position of past president; Paul Ruby of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, who will serve as first vice president; Kathy Denkenberger of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, who will be second vice president; and Amy Cabe of Visit Spokane, who was elected treasurer.
New to ESPA's board are Sissy Lawty of Travel Portland and Bryan Miller of the Virginia Beach Convention Center, both of who will serve as directors alongside the following existing directors who will continue to serve on the board:
• Julie Brakenbury, Greater Raleigh CVB
• Zack Davis, Louisville CVB
• Jamie Huckleberry, David L. Lawrence Convention Center/SMG
• Joan Kremer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
• Rebecca Moore, The Westin Indianapolis
• Carla Quercioli, Northern Kentucky CVB
• David Raymond, Westin Charlotte
• Gary Stauffer, Freeman
• Advisory Director (Ex-Officio): Vanessa Kane, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Said Suttle, "As ESPA's new president, I look forward to working with my peers to continue the association's mission of elevating the event and convention services profession. Event service professionals are key partners to meeting planners and a vital component to an event's success, which is why ESPA will continue to offer valuable programs and professional development opportunities to help members achieve excellence in their careers."For a recap of recent top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute: