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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 SVP Sales Brent Foerster

Brent Foerster - Senior Vice President, Destination Sales

Brent is the Senior Vice President of Destination Sales. Joining Meet Minneapolis in May 2014, his focus is on sales and collaborating to drive more convention business to Minneapolis while strengthening relationships with the local hotel community. He oversees the Destination Sales teams at Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Meet Minneapolis Madonna Carr

Madonna Carr, CMP - Vice President, Destination Services

Madonna is the Vice President of Destination Services. She oversees the Destination Services department including facilitating booking conventions by assisting meeting planners with logistical needs, building attendance and delivering quality experiences to attendees. Madonna has been with Meet Minneapolis since 1991. She also oversees Housing Services and Meeting Services Plus. 

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 Destination Sales Scott Romane

Scott M. Romane - Executive Director of Sports Minneapolis

Scott directs Meet Minneapolis' efforts to market and sell Minneapolis as a site for amateur and professional sporting events, sports-related conventions and related activities. Scott has been with Meet Minneapolis since 1995.

Meet Minneapolis Executive Assistant

Donya L. Dawson - CEO Associate and Project Manager

Donya is the CEO Associate and Project Manager supporting the CEO of Meet Minneapolis. She has several years’ experience in Human Resources and working with Executive Level Leadership.She will work closely with our CEO, Executive Leadership Teams, City Officials and Board of Directors. Donya has been with Meet Minneapolis since March 2015.

Finance & Administration

Debhora Guggisberg - Accounting Associate

Kevin Hanstad – Director, Market Research

Edi Hasan - Accounting Manager

David Nguyen - IT Manager

Sylvia Olson – Director, Employee Experience and Operations

Jesse Tran - IT Support Technician

Matthew Teichert - Market Research Project Manager


Destination Sales

Maureen (Mo) Allen – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Jenna Archer - Sales Account Executive

Marlene Bakke – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Janet Elkins – Sales Account Executive 612.767.8102

Stephanie Grimaldi – Manager, East Coast National Accounts 612.767.8134

Nathan Hermiston – Director Of Destination Sales 612.767.8132

Anne Kloepper - Administrative Assistant, Sales

Angie Kufus – National Account Executive – MCC

Matt Meunier – National Sports Account Executive

Sue Murray – National Account Executive – MCC

Amy O’Meara - National Account Executive

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


Sports Minneapolis

Matt Meunier – Senior National Sports Account Executive


Destination Services

Cindi Green – Administrative Assistant, Services

Susan Gosz, CMP – Senior Manager, Housing Services

Melissa Jetson - Associate, Destination Services

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Events

Jenna Rasmussen – Agent, Housing Services

Amanda Richert - Manager, Destination Services & Events

Tamara Spude, CMP – Director, 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

Matt Laible - Manager, Communications & PR

Kristen Montag - Manager, Communications & PR

Alicia Schindle - Manager, Convention Marketing

Amanda Smerlinski - Marketing Associate


Partnership Marketing

Amy Freese – Director, Partnership Marketing

Shannon Lukes – Associate, Partnership Marketing 612.767.8242

Emily Peterson – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Michael Rainville – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Ross Slovensky – Manager, Partnership Marketing

International Relations and Tourism

Beth Helle – Director, Tourism

Michael Hernandez – Director, Visitor Services

Jake Juliot – Tourism and International Relations Associate

Casey Kluver – Group Sales Manager - Group Tours & Reunions

Cheryl Offerman – International Tourism Sales Manager

Mandy Stifter - Group Sales Manager

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