ESPA Congratulates Board Members Paola Bowman and Daniela Rindler

Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, formerly of the Fort Worth CVB will be starting the role as Director of Destination Services with the Grapevine CVB. In her new role, she will oversee the convention and visitor services operations to enhance the planner and visitor experience in Grapevine, Texas. Congratulations to Paola!

ESPA Board Member Daniela Rindler, CMP, formerly of The Jefferson Hotel is now Conference Services & Meeting Manager at Troutman Sanders.

ESPA would like to congratulate Marcy Roitman-Boothe on her retirement

ESPA would like to congratulate our friend Marcy Roitman-Boothe on her retirement. Marcy leaves quite a legacy at the Grapevine CVB after 25 years of service there. She has been an active ESPA member, served on the Board of Directors as well as the Continuing Education and Marketing committees, and has always been an advocate to our profession. The absence of her charisma, mentorship and passion in our industry will certainly be noticed. We wish you the best enjoying life with your family. We will miss you Marcy!

ESPA Past President Doris Sims Retires

ESPA sends warm wishes to Doris Sims, ESPA Past President and 2018 Executive Excellence Award recipient, who has officially retired from the Louisville CVB after 30.5 years of service. Pictured is Doris with her beautiful grandchildren who joined her at the retirement event hosted by the CVB.

The CVB has also announced that Zack Davis has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Destination Services. In his new position, Davis will lead the CVB’s Destination Services and Housing team for Louisville’s booked meetings business. He will also work to help retain convention groups as well as increase their profile and attendance while in Louisville.

Congrats new ESPA CMPs!

Congratulations to these ESPA Members that have just recently earned their CMP designation!

Michael Cavanaugh, CMP, Travel Portland, Sarah Furtado, CMP, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Heather N. Lightsey, CMP, Emerald Coast Convention Center, Jill Philbrook, CMP, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Elizabeth Adams, CMP, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Two ESPA Members Earn Best in Show (PCMA): Tiffany Eck, CMP and Roberta Tisdul, CMP

Congratulations to our ESPA members recognized with PCMA’s Best in Show program. Through this program, PCMA accepts nominations for outstanding meeting and event professionals working behind the scenes, and on the front lines of the industry.


Read more:

ESPA Past President news: Kathryn Gleesing, CMP, MBA starts DMC

Kathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP recently started her own Destination Management Company called Destination Management Connection, LLC. Having worked 15 years in Services at Visit Milwaukee and another 15 years as a meeting professional both roles have prepared her to take the next step and start her own company. As a DMC, her company will be working with corporate and association groups in the Southeastern Wisconsin area helping coordinate tours, transportation, event planning, VIP airport pickup just to name a few of the services. You can check out their website at:

ESPA Member Gary S. Bruckner Makes Debut on Jimmy Kimmel

ESPA Member Gary S. Bruckner, CMP, Meeting & Event Manager at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Makes Debut on Jimmy Kimmel with Actress Kristen Bell! In advance of Hurricane Irma, the hotel made the necessary preparations to ensure they could successfully service and ensure the safety of their guests. During the Hurricane they took in about 1,400 people from retirement homes in South Fla. Cast Members left their personal lives to help and assist with the needs of others. Successfully riding out the storm was a testament to all of the Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin. Watch the Jimmy Kimmel clip!