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Experience Columbus Hires Melanie Hickey as National Sales Manager
8/15/2013
Experience Columbus is pleased to announce that Melanie Hickey has been named the bureau's newest National Sales Manager, where she will oversee Ohio and East Coast corporate and national association segments outside of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. The former White Lodging associate will begin her new role with Experience Columbus on August 26. Prior to joining Experience Columbus, Hickey spent five years with White Lodging holding various sales positions giving her multi-brand experience and exposure to a variety of different properties including extended stay, urban select, full service and most recently airport properties.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Melanie to our national sales team, said Joe Bocherer, Vice President of Sales for Experience Columbus. "Melanie has a great track record of booking meeting and convention business at various levels. Coming from a major convention destination like Chicago, she brings a solid foundation and skillset to our team that will be a great asset to our community".

Hickey started her career as a cluster group sales manager responsible for 800+ guest rooms with The Springhill Suites & Residence Inn River North as well as The Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Magnificent Mile. Throughout her three and a half years spent at these three hotels, Hickey quickly advanced from group sales, to business travel manager and then assistant director of sales.

Most recently she was the Director of Sales for both the Holiday Inn and The Residence Inn Chicago Midway where she was responsible for driving revenue and market share results. Throughout her tenure with the company she was nominated twice for sales manager of the year and received the Regional Associate of the Year in 2011. Hickey is a graduate of North Illinois University with a B.S. in Marketing and will be relocating to Columbus with her shelter cat Toots.

As the convention and visitors bureau for Ohio's capital city, Experience Columbus' mission is to sell, market and promote the best of the destination to visitors. For more information about all Columbus has to offer for leisure visitors, sports, meetings, conventions and trade shows, go to www.experiencecolumbus.com or call 800-354-2657.
Contact:
Heather.Bartman@Fahlgren.com






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