EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

JULY ‘18 - JUNE ‘19 TERM

 
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PRESIDENT & CEO

Barb Newton

CalTravel

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CHAIR

Alan Suchodolski

President & CEO
aRes Travel – Advanced Reservation Systems, Inc.

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1st VICE CHAIR

Kathy Janega-Dykes

President & CEO, Visit Santa Barbara

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TREASURER

Chuck Davison

President & CEO
Visit SLO CAL

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SECRETARY

Gary Buffo

Founder & President
Pure Luxury Transportation

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LEGAL COUNSEL

John Lambeth

President & CEO
Civitas

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IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

Scott White

President & CEO
Greater Palm Springs CVB

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Joe D’Alessandro

President & CEO
San Francisco Travel

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Jay Burress

President & CEO
Visit Anaheim

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Melyssa Laughlin

President & CEO
Visit Vacaville

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Patti MacJennett

Senior VP, Business Affairs
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Kelly Miller

President & CEO
Visit Huntington Beach

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AT LARGE EC DIRECTOR

Carrie Nocella

Director, External Affairs
The Disneyland Resort

 

PAC TRUSTEES

 

John Lambeth, Co-Chair
President & CEO
Civitas

Joe Terzi, Co-Chair
President & CEO
San Diego Tourism Authority

 

Corrine Brindley
VP, State of Affairs
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Gary Buffo
Founder & President
Pure Luxury Transportation

Brian Gallagher
Director, Program Management and Business Development
CityPASS

Misti Kerns
President & CEO
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

Michael Krouse
President & CEO
Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau

John McReynolds
SVP External Affairs
Universal Studios Orlando

Carrie Nocella
Director, External Affairs
Disneyland Resort

Gary Sherwin
President & CEO
Visit Newport Beach

Scott White
President & CEO
Greater Palm Springs CVB


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Albrecht
Aviation Marketing Manager
Oakland International Airport
Gold Member

Natalie Alvanez
Director of Sales & Marketing
Winchester Mystery House
Gold Member

Brian Applegarth
Executive Director
California Cannabis Tourism Association
At Large Director (Association)

Mark Astone
CEO
Catalyst Marketing Company
Gold Member

Dr. John Avella
Executive Director, Sustainable Hospitality Management
Cal State Monterey Bay
At Large Director (17-19)

Jon Ballesteros
Chief External Affairs Officer
San Francisco International Airport
Gold Member

Sonya Bradley
CMO
Visit Sacramento
Gold Member

Corrine Brindley
Vice President, State Affairs
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Gold Member

Javier Cano
Vice President and Market General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
Gold Member

Sara Copping
Executive Director
Visit Buena Park
At Large Director (17-19)

Bill Deering
SVP, GM
Certified Folder Display Service
At Large Director (18-20)

Darren Dunn
SVP, Strategic Sales
ADARA
Gold Member

Atif Elkadi
Deputy Executive Officer
Ontario International Airport
Gold Member

Diana Elmore
Regional Senior Trade Sales Manager, Western U.S.
Merlin Entertainments
At Large Director (17-19)

Mark Everton
President & CEO
Visit Oakland
Gold Member

Brian Gallagher
Director, Program Management & Business Development
CityPASS
Gold Member

Mary Jo Ginther
Director of Tourism
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
At Large Director (18-20)

Gavin Grozier
Group Sales Manager
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Gold Member

Erin Guerrero
Executive Director
California Attractions and Parks Association
At Large Director (Association)

Wendy Haase
Senior Director of Tourism Marketing
Destination Irvine
At Large Director (18-20)

Mark Haneke
Manager for Air Service Development and Marketing
Sacramento International Airport
At Large Director (18-20)

Jerri Harris
Senior Advertising Sales Specialist
Westways Magazine/Auto Club of Southern California
Gold Member

Bill Hendricks
Department Head and Professor, Experience Industry Management
Cal Poly
At Large Director (18-20)

Dan Janes
CEO
Madden Media
At Large Director (17-19)

George Jacob
CEO
Aquarium of the Bay
Gold Member

Jessica Johns
Senior Regional Manager
Expedia Group Media Solutions
Gold Member

Ashley Johnson
President & CEO
Visit Laguna Beach
Gold Member

Misti Kerns
President & CEO
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Gold Member

Tom Kiely
President & CEO
Visit West Hollywood
Gold Member

 

Karolyn Kirchgesler
President & CEO
Visit San Jose
Gold Member

Jeff Klocke
VP and General Manager
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
At Large Director (18-20)

Peter Kock
Vice President of Marketing and Sales
LEGOLAND California Resort
Gold Member

Michael Krouse
President & CEO
Greater Ontario CVB
Gold Member

Karen Lippe-Ferrell
Principal
Karen Lippe-Ferrell Consulting
At Large Director (18-20)

Diane Mandeville
Vice President of Marketing
Cannery Row
At Large Director (18-20)

Cheryl Marcell
President and CEO
California State Railroad Museum
At Large Director (17-19)

Julie Mino
President and CEO
Visit Oxnard
Gold Member

Lynn Mohrfeld
President & CEO
CA Hotel and Lodging Association
At Large Director (Association)

Ted Molter
Chief Marketing Officer
San Diego Zoo Global
Gold Member

Robert Moutrie
Policy Advocate
CA Chamber of Commerce
At Large Director (Association)

Rachel Norton
Executive Director
California State Parks Foundation
At Large Director (Association)

Dhruv Patel
President & COO
Ridgemont Hospitality
Gold Member

Kathy Paver
Senior Vice President of Marketing
PIER 39
At Large Director (17-19)

Richard Peterson
President
U.S. Cultural and Heritage Tourism Marketing Council
At Large Director (17-19)

Kelly Powers
Director
Hotel Council of San Francisco
At Large Director (17-19)

Dennis Quinn
SVP Sales
Universal Studios Hollywood
Gold Member

Rich Reasons
President
Simpleview
At Large Director (18-20)

Mike Reitzell
CEO
Ski California
At Large Director (Association)

Wes Rhea
President & CEO
Visit Stockton
At Large Director (18-20)

Marisa Rokovitz 
Director of Hotel and Leisure Sales in Southern California
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Gold Member

Chelle Rupp
Director of Sales
Knott’s Berry Farm
At Large Director (18-20)

Garry Sage
CEO/Owner
JNS Next
Gold Member

Lauren Schlau
Principal
Lauren Schlau Consulting
At Large Director (18-20)

Gary Sherwin
President & CEO
Visit Newport Beach
Gold Member

Debbie Sipe
Executive Director
California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
At Large Director (Association)

Matthew Sutton
SVP, Government Affairs & Public Policy
California Restaurant Association
At Large Director (Association)

Joe Terzi
President & CEO
San Diego Tourism Authority
Gold Member

John Urdi
Executive Director
Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Gold Member

Janet Zaldua
CEO
Visit Marina del Rey
At Large Director (17-19)


chairman’s circle

Mike Gallagher
1995 

Nan Marchand Beauvois
2000-2001

Marilyn Hannes
2007-2008

Gary Sherwin
2009-2010

Ted Molter
2010-2011

Susie Santos
2011-2012

Brian Baker
2012-2013

Misti Kerns
2013-2014

Scott Schneider
2014-2015

Jerri Harris
2015-2016 

Joe Terzi
2016-2017

CalTravel is a dedicated group of tourism professionals all with very diverse backgrounds representing unique destinations and attractions. Being involved on the CalTravel board has allowed me the knowledge, support, and courage to speak on topics impacting the tourism industry on a local and state level. The connections I have made with industry experts have been instrumental in our organization’s growth and realizing the amount of potential just waiting to be discovered.
— Julie Mino - President & CEO, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
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