Conferon's Peckinpaugh Named CEO of San Diego CVB

San Diego -- David Peckinpaugh, chief marketing officer of meetings-management giant Conferon Global Services, today was named the new president and chief executive of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Peckinpaugh, who assumes his new duties on June 5, succeeds Reint Reinders, who is retiring next month after serving some 15 years as head of the San Diego CVB.

"David brings to the bureau an ideal combination of visitor industry knowledge, management skills, and marketing expertise," said bureau Chairman Ray Warren.

Peckinpaugh joined what was then Conferon in 1998 as executive vice president of sales and marketing. When Conferon merged with ExpoExchange and ITS to form Conferon Global Services, in 2003, Peckinpaugh was named to the same position at CGS. This year, he was named the company's chief marketing officer.

Peckinpaugh's more than 20-year career in the hospitality industry includes serving as vice president of sales and catering at the MGM Grand Hotel, in Las Vegas; and management positions at two San Diego-area properties, La Costa Resort and the Hyatt Regency San Diego, now the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

With Peckinpaugh's departure from CGS, next month, Rick Binford takes over as chief marketing officer, CGS announced today. Currently vice president of field sales, Binford joined Conferon in 1999 and is credited with building the Conferon Sales Network, the company's organization of 46 independent sales agents.