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Greater Houston CVB announces new hires

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) recently welcomed three new employees to its sales, services and protocol departments.

 

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John Hyland

John Hyland joins the GHCVB as the new managing director of the eastern region. Hyland is in charge of managing the region’s staff and maintaining the GHCVB’s current relations with the Washington and NYC customer base, as well as increasing client relationships and driving more convention business to Houston.

 

As the former director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt Washington Worldwide Sales Office, Hyland brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality sales and marketing industry. Hyland will help spearhead the GHCVB’s efforts to make Houston one of the premier convention stops in the country.

“My goal is to make sure Houston is the top destination in mind for groups considering holding meetings in the South and Southwest,” says Hyland.

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Emily Davis

Emily Davis joins the GHCVB as the new convention services manager. She is responsible for managing the Texas market for the Convention Services department.

Davis brings several years of hospitality experience to the GHCVB.

Prior to joining the GHCVB, Davis served as catering & conference services manager for the Dallas Fairmont where she was recognized as the “Achieved Leader of the Quarter” in 2009.

“Overall, my goal is to insure that the GHCVB mission is carried out,” says Davis. “I will ensure that each group receives an unimagined experience.”

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Leslie Santamaria

Leslie Santamaria joins the GHCVB as the new protocol and sister cities manager. She is responsible for coordinating Houston’s sister city program and coordinating the visits of international dignitaries.

Santamaria joins the GHCVB with 10 years of experience in international relations and program management. She previously served as the manager of Catholic Relief Services and brings significant international experience in proposal development, cross-cultural program management, staff supervision, strategic planning and partnership-building.

“My goal is to be an effective representative of Houston’s sister city program and help strengthen the dynamic program,” says Santamaria.

For more information, visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

 

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