Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected Richard Staub as the senior vice president, convention sales. 

In his role, Staub will be in charge of leading the CVB’s convention sales and services team in hitting booking goals through the marketing of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. He will start in September. 

Previously, he was the managing director and general manager of the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. Staub, has more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. He will be taking the place of Julie Coker Graham, who currently serves the position, as she prepares for the role of president/CEO of the CVB when Jack Ferguson retires. 

“We are absolutely thrilled that after a rigorous nationwide search, Rick will be joining our team in this very important role,” says Ferguson. “We worked closely with Rick in his previous positions at the Sheraton and Loews, and his ability to be a diplomatic consensus builder, successfully managing relationships with various stakeholders, in addition to his knowledge of Philadelphia’s hospitality landscape, were key factors in his hiring. Rick is an incredible asset to our team and our clients can be assured that they are in great hands.” A Pittsburgh native, Staub is on the board of the PHLCVB, the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Hospitality Committee, the Mayoral Committee for Market East Economic Improvement, the Philadelphia Hospitality and Tourism Task Force led by Jim Kenney, former City Councilman At-Large and mayoral candidate, and the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit Welcome Committee. 

“I am looking forward to working with Jack, Julie and the PHLCVB team to bring even more business to Philadelphia,” says Staub. “It’s an exciting time to be in this city, and with the changes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and our continued evolution as a destination of international appeal, I am eager to help Philadelphia build upon its success in this highly competitive market.”

Chicago hospitality collective 16” on Center partners with local businesses to turn everything from bars to theaters into serviceable event venues. Founding partners Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden have transformed 14 businesses (like Bite Café, Dusek’s Board & Beer, MONEYGUN, The Promontory, Thalia Hall and more) and have provided a single point of contact for event planners interested in utilizing these spaces as venues. 

 

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.

 

Each morning at 6:15 a.m., Spiaggia Director of Sales Erica Yack wakes up, drinks her coffee, walks a mile to her office at 980 N. Michigan, and works on returning hundreds of emails and voicemails (including at least 12-15 RFPs a day). But if that was the most rigorous part of her routine, it would be a quiet day for Yack, who is constantly caught in a balancing act that includes managing client demands, following up on leads, executing events and leading a small sales team at the fine-dining restaurant.