People on the Go
Visit Salt Lake (VSL) recently announced the appointment of Judy Cullen as its managing director of Partner Development, filling the void following the retirement of Pat Holmes after 32 years with Visit Salt Lake. In her new role, Cullen will be responsible for the development and management of strategic partnerships with Salt Lake businesses engaged in the hospitality tourism industry. In addition, she will oversee the governance programs, development and execution of VSL membership strategies and goals; and directing and managing the organization’s advertising sales, partnership revenue programs and cooperative marketing agreements. Cullen’s hospitality-based career began with Salt Lake’s Gastronomy, Inc., in the role of communications director, then Salt Lake Brewing Company’s director of marketing and, most recently, as the Tsunami Restaurant Group’s marketing director.
The San Francisco Travel Association has named Rory Davis to the position of senior manager sports and entertainment sales. In this new position, Davis will work closely with Bay Area home team event/venue management teams as well as the hospitality community and the City of San Francisco to solicit and close sporting/entertainment events to be hosted in the Bay Area. Davis has worked with Giants Enterprises for the past six years, most recently as marketing manager. Davis’ prior work experience includes positions with University of San Francisco Athletics, Ubisoft Entertainment, and Bleacher Report.
Martin Huberty has been named as the new executive director at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Huberty is a sixth generation Calaveran who brings his passion for local history, film production and project management to the position. He replaces Lisa Boulton who moved back to England this summer.
John Hutar has been named as the new president & CEO of the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to replace Anne LeClair, who recently retired after 19 years with the organization. Hutar has served as a Past Chair of the CVB, as well as an Executive Committee and Board member. Most recently, he was the general manager of Dinah’s Garden in Palo Alto. Prior to that, Hutar was the general manager at the W Hotel in San Francisco and the general manager at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City (now The Pullman).
Melanie Griffin has been promoted from tourism coordinator to content manager at Travel Lane County in Eugene, Oregon. Griffin will be working in the Integrated Marketing Department. In her new role, Griffin will be responsible for managing the organizations photo and video assets, creating photo and video assets and creating content for the website, blogs and other materials. Her work history includes working as a legal assistant, working in the UO Brain Development Lab and interning with an advertising and marketing firm.
In Oregon, Travel Lane County has named Jeff Malik as destination development manager. Malik will work with stakeholder groups to develop and enhance tourism products, experiences and events to support the community needs for sustainable, year-round economies. He made the move west to take part in the University of Oregon's Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program. This AmeriCorps program places individuals in communities throughout Oregon each year and Malik will complete his work with the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative in July. He has worked on a number of environmental projects in Pennsylvania.
Hobe Robin has been promoted from brand ambassador to visitor services manager at Travel Lane County in Eugene, Oregon. Robin will be responsible for managing Visitor Services staff and visitor center operations to inspire visitors to stay and travel throughout Lane County. He will develop tools for frontline training, oversee delivery of trainings and help visitors plan trips, book accommodations and schedule recreational activities. Robin has direct hospitality experience in both attractions and hotels.