People on the Go


November 2018

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Holly Claypool has joined the Travel Lane County Tourism Marketing department and will be working in Visitor Services as a lead adventure specialist. As a lead adventure specialist, Claypool will be assisting locals and visitors with trip planning, booking accommodations, and recreational activities in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.


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Visit Bellevue Washington announced the appointment of Brad Jones as executive director. Jones will work closely with senior staff at Meydenbauer Center and Visit Bellevue to accelerate the organization’s mission of stimulating economic growth by attracting visitors, large-group business, conventions and new attractions to the city. For the past 13 years, he served as the executive director of Experience Rochester in Rochester, Minn., and prior to that, he spent 10 years with the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau in Michigan. Outside of his executive hospitality positions, Jones has served on the boards of several civic and commerce boards. He was also the 2016 recipient of Minnesota’s Outstanding Individual in Tourism.


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Katie Morton has joined Travel Lane County's Convention and Sports Marketing Department as a marketing coordinator. Morton’s duties will include supporting media efforts, assisting with social media strategies, coordinating email marketing, assisting with trade shows and more.


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Visit Seattle announced the promotion of Kelly Saling to vice president, convention sales and services. In this expanded role, Saling will now lead Visit Seattle’s Convention Services team, in addition to continued leadership of Convention Sales efforts. Saling’s efforts have included the redeployment of Visit Seattle’s sales team to better address Seattle’s hotel supply growth and the need for additional hotel-direct business development. In this new role, Saling will continue to lead both citywide and short-term business development strategies for the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). Kelly joined the Visit Seattle Convention Sales team in 2009 and was promoted to director of sales in 2014 and most recently to vice president, convention sales in 2017. Previously, Saling worked in Seattle for Columbia Hospitality, a management company, selling a variety of hotel and venue properties.


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The Mendocino County Tourism Commission has appointed Travis Scott as executive director. Scott is responsible for reporting to the 11-member Mendocino County Tourism Commission Board of Directors and seven subcommittees as well as supervising staff, contractors and vendors with a $1.5 million annual budget. The nonprofit organization welcomes 1.8 million visitors to Mendocino County annually. In 2018, Visit Mendocino County launched a new branding initiative including a complete redesign of its website, collateral, social media and marketing campaigns. Previously, Scott worked in the Anderson Valley wine industry in operations and marketing. He has held posts at Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc., Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association and multiple festival event companies supervising brand marketing large-scale events in California.


Visit Seattle welcomed Kathy Thrailkill as executive operations manager in late October. In this role, Thrailkill will support Visit Seattle’s President & CEO Tom Norwalk as executive assistant and provide broad support to the Visit Seattle Board of Directors through her role as board-appointed corporate secretary. In addition, she will provide administrative support to Visit Seattle’s Public Affairs department and function as the office manager. Thrailkill spent the last 16 years of her career in the technology industry serving as a top marketing professional. She has an extensive background building brands and driving growth initiatives for companies, ranging from start-ups to enterprise organizations.