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Meet Minneapolis Staff Directory:

Executive Team

Meet Minneapolis CEO Melvin Tennant

Melvin Tennant - President & CEO

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.

Meet Minneapolis Marketing VP Amy Alegi

Amy Alegi - Senior Vice President, 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 Minneapolis since August 2010.

Meet Minneapolis International Relations VP Bill Deef

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.

Meet Minneapolis Finance and Administration VP David Knoll

David Knoll - Vice President of Finance & Administration

David 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.

Meet Minneapolis Executive Assistant Sarah White

Sarah Harding (White) - Executive Assistant

Sarah is the executive assistant to the CEO of Meet Minneapolis. She has of 20 years of experience as a professional Executive Assistant (directly supporting C-Level employees) and in planning/coordinating events.

Internal Operations

Melissa Prow - Receptionist/Finance & Administration Assistance

Debhora Guggisberg - Accounting Associate

Kevin Hanstad – Director, Market Research

Edi Hasan - Accounting Manager

David Nguyen - IT Manager

Jesse Tran - IT Support Technician

Sylvia Olson – Director, Employee Experience and Operations

Matthew Teichert - Market Research Project Manager


Destination Sales

Maureen (Mo) Allen – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Jenna Archer - Sales Account Executive

Marlene Bakke – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Stephanie Grimaldi – National Account Executive

Nathan Hermiston – National Account Executive

Anne Kloepper - Administrative Assistant, Sales

Angie Kufus – Sales Manager – MCC

Matt Meunier – National Sports Account Executive

Sue Murray – Sales Manager – MCC

Scott Romane – Vice President, Destination Sales

Kay Russell – National Account Executive

Tom Ruzsa - National Account Executive

Joe Santarius - Sales Account Executive - MCC

Katie Smith, CMP – Director of Sales and Marketing – MCC

Sheila Tapia – Senior Sales Account Executive

Deb Taylor – Associate Director of Sales – MCC

Betty Williams, CMP – National Account Executive

Amy Zelenka - National Account Executive


Destination Services

Madonna Carr, CMP – Vice President, Destination Services

Cindi Green – Administrative Assistant, Services

Susan Gosz, CMP – Senior Manager, Housing Services

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Events

Jenna Rasmussen – Agent, Housing Services

Tamara Spude, CMP – Manager, Destination Services & Events

Judith Wright - Housing Services Planner


Destination Branding and Strategy

Josh Anderson - Manager, Web & Digital Operations

Amanda DePhillips – Director, Marketing

Trisha Holmes – Associate Graphic Designer

Bridget Kiely - Manager, Tourism Marketing

Kristen Montag – Manager, Communications

Alicia Schindle - Manager, Convention Marketing

Kate Shropshire - Marketing Associate


Partnership Marketing

Amy Freese – Director, Partnership Marketing

Emily Peterson – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Michael Rainville – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Amanda Richert – Partnership Marketing Associate

International Relations

Casey Kluver – Group Sales Manager - Group Tours & Reunions

Janet Elkins – Manager, Group Sales & Destination Services (Weddings)

Beth Helle – Program Manager

Brandon Vasquez – Manager, Visitor & Housing Services

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