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Albuquerque CVB's Denise Suttle Named 2015 ESPA President
2/12/2015
The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA), an organization dedicated to elevating the event and convention services profession, announced it has elected a new president to serve the association. Denise Suttle, CMP, assistant director of convention services at the Albuquerque CVB, was named president at ESPA’s Annual Conference which was recently held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago.

Suttle has been at the Albuquerque CVB since moving to New Mexico from Oklahoma in 1991. At the CVB, she works with citywide conventions that utilize the Albuquerque Convention Center and multiple hotels, sporting events and hotel meetings of all kinds. A member of PCMA since 1996 and ESPA since 2000, she has served on the ESPA board of directors and is past chair of the marketing & communications committee, 2015 Annual Conference committee and code of ethics ad hoc committee.

“As ESPA’s new president, I look forward to working with my peers to continue the association’s mission of elevating the event and convention services profession,” said Suttle, CMP. “Event service professionals are key partners to meeting planners and a vital component to an event’s success, which is why ESPA will continue to offer valuable programs and professional development opportunities to help members achieve excellence in their careers.”

ESPA also announced its officers for 2015: Madonna Carr, CMP, of Meet Minneapolis will serve as president-elect while former President Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, of the Greater Lansing CVB will move into the position of past president. Paul Ruby, CMP, of Sheraton Dallas Hotel will serve as first vice president and Kathy Denkenberger, CMP, of Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, as second vice president. ESPA Director Amy Cabe, of Visit Spokane, was elected treasurer.

The following ESPA members were elected to serve on the board of directors:
  • Sissy Lawty, CMP, Travel Portland
  • Bryan Miller, MBA, CMP, Virginia Beach Convention Center
The following ESPA members will continue to serve on the board of directors:
  • Julie Brakenbury, Greater Raleigh CVB
  • Zack Davis, CMP, Louisville CVB
  • Jamie Huckleberry, David L. Lawrence Convention Center/SMG
  • Joan Kremer, CMP, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Rebecca Moore, The Westin Indianapolis
  • Carla Quercioli, Northern Kentucky CVB
  • David Raymond, CMP, Westin Charlotte
  • Gary Stauffer, Freeman
  • Advisory Director (Ex-Officio), Vanessa Kane, CMP, CMM, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
In addition to announcing the new president and officers during the conference, ESPA also presented awards to the following individuals:
  • CSM of the Year (in conjunction with Successful Meetings magazine)
    • Hotel - Joseph O'Donnell, CMP, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
    • CVB - Vikki Kelly, CMP, Visit Denver
    • Center - McKinna Allen, America's Center
  • Executive Excellence
    • Eric Blanc, CMP, Tampa Convention Center
  • Meeting Professional of the Year
    • Monica Simons, CMP, Intelligence & National Security Alliance (INSA)
  • Member of the Year
    • Tiffany Hoambrecker, CMP, Visit Denver
  • William H. Just, CAE, CMP Memorial Award
    • Melissa Boland, CMP, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
  • Donald S. Freedman Jr. ESPA Conference Scholarship
    • Carlie Smith, Michigan State University


About ESPA
The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) is dedicated to elevating the event and convention services profession and to preparing members, through education and networking, for their pivotal role in innovative and successful event execution. The association has more than 400 members from convention centers, hotels and convention and visitors bureaus from across North America. For more information, visit www.espaonline.org.


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