Spokespeople

Melvin Tennant
CEO and President

Melvin oversees the day-to-day operations of Meet Minneapolis and iDSS, including the professional and support staff. Melvin serves as the voice of Meet Minneapolis through speaking engagements, civic activities and political council meetings. He has served as president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis since November 2007.

Areas of expertise: Overall direction and goals of the organization, industry trends, innovative solutions, public speaking.

 



Amy Alegi

 

Senior Vice President of Destination Branding & Strategy

Amy is the Senior Vice President of Destination Branding & Strategy, and oversees the marketing and partnership departments, including online and print design, strategic project management, interactive strategy, brand awareness and public relations. Amy has been with Meet Minenapolis since August 2010.

Areas of Expertise: Directing and implementing marketing and sales strategies, strategic project management, interactive strategy, building and promoting brands, integrated marketing campaigns.

  



Brent Foerster

 

Senior Vice President of Destination Sales

Brent is the Senior Vice President of Destination Sales. His focus is on sales and collaborating to drive more convention business to Minneapolis while strengthening relationships with the local hospitality community. He oversees the Destination Sales teams at Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Possessing over 25 years of industry experience ranging from sales and marketing to operations, he is uniquely positioned to implement strategies that take a holistic approach.

Areas of Expertise: Directing and implementing sales strategies, measuring ROI, economic impact, past and future market trends and public speaking.

  



Bill Deef

 

Vice President of International Relations

Bill and his department promote Minneapolis as a viable travel destination to tour operators, individual tourists, media and niche markets in order to attract international leisure travelers. Since 1987, Bill has made significant contributions to the Minnesota tourism industry—from serving as a chair of the Washburn Academy of Hospitality and Tourism to working as a liaison for Minneapolis's sister city program.

Areas of expertise: Minneapolis Saint Paul's international travel markets, Minneapolis sister cities, group travel, airline service to and from the market, what attracts travelers to Minneapolis.

 



David Knoll

 

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Dave directs the financial and operational affairs of the organization. He oversees and executes financial management procedures, preparing financial statements and reports and also manages the Human Resources, Information Technology (IT) and Accounting departments. Dave has held this position since 2010.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting, finance and administration management in both private and public companies, strategic and long-term planning.

 



Jeff Johnson

 

Executive Director, Minneapolis Convention Center

Jeff was named Executive Director in 2010 after joining the Convention Center in 2004 and managing Guest Services and as Director of Event Services. Jeff brings an event-focused background to this position, which he has cultivated from an employee-focused and client-centered approach to management. His varied event experience includes professional and collegiate sports, arenas, stadiums, concerts, special events and the convention industry. Under Jeff’s leadership, as a multi-use facility, the Convention Center will be focused on providing opportunities for our clients to create successful events through our experienced staff, world-class facility and great community.

Areas of Expertise: Crowd and sports management, convention center event operations, technology services, event coordination, guest and security/safety services.

 


 

Kristen Montag
Media & Communication Manager

Kristen is responsible for public and media relations at Meet Minneapolis. She serves as the primary liaison for Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center with local and national media while managing marketing communications projects. Kristen has been at Meet Minneapolis/Minneapolis Convention Center since March 2009.

Areas of Expertise: Minneapolis Convention Center facility updates and general operations, upcoming conventions booked by Meet Minneapolis, general Minneapolis hotel, travel and leisure information, photo and video needs for Minneapolis tourism and convention stories, all general inquiries including scheduling interviews with anyone at Meet Minneapolis or the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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