2018 Attendee, sponsor, and speaker Testimonials! 

Thank you.  Your investment in creating such a wonderful inaugural conference is so appreciated. I learned, connected, and sincerely felt my time could not have been better spent elsewhere… thanks for allowing me the opportunity to participate and grow and looking forward to sharing some of the information with my colleagues.  ~ Elizabeth J. Hovell, JD, Department Head, Sales – University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

 

Our [Sales] team said it was hugely beneficial. One of the best they’ve been to… content was outstanding, lots of networking, and sharing of ideas. Great work! ~ Lindsay Fruchtl, VP of Marketing – Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

This symposium was very well-rounded and covered topics that will be useful to not only new destination group sales people but also veterans who can always use fresh tips or, in some cases, validation that they are on the right track. I was especially pleased with the breakout sessions and the interaction amongst peers. The facilitators did a great job of putting forth information but also allowing for discussion and input from the group. I think this was an extremely valuable educational opportunity since the group sales gig is a personal, hands-on marketing tool and its strategies and expectations evolve no different than those in the advertising world. ~ Chris Hamilton, CEO – Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority

 

Heard nothing but great things from my team! Great job! ~ Cookie Smoak Scalf, President – ATL Airport District CVB (a founding sponsor of the Symposium)

 

Missing Georgia hospitality already! Thank you for having me as part of this first year ever! You all did an amazing job of putting it together. ~ Terri Roberts, Membership Engagement & Training Manager – Destinations International (General Session Keynote speaker of the Symposium)

 

Thank you for such an amazing 2-day experience at the GACVB Sales Symposium. I shared [with our Executive Vice President/Chief Sales Officer and our Director of Sales] how awesome the sessions were and how much this was needed amongst all the GA CVBs. The knowledge shared amongst your speakers was invaluable and the program topics were very well thought out. We have an end of the year Sales Meeting…I would love to share some of the info. Again, thanks so much for pulling such a wonderful program together. ~ Aprell King, National Sales Manager (East Coast Market) – Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Thank you so much for putting together such a great conference.  I overheard attendees saying it was about time [we had] something for sales professionals.  They said their marketing colleagues always attend meetings and conferences and were glad to get training in their area.  Nicely done!!!! ~ Teka Earnhardt, Executive Director - Rabun County Tourism Development Authority

 

Job well done!  You’re truly building something special… ~ Matt Johnson, Executive Vice President – Connect /connectmeetings.com (a founding sponsor of the Symposium)

 

I enjoyed the learnings I took away from the event, particularly when it came to the meeting planner panel! ~ Kelly Nunn, Group Sales Marketing Manager - VisitGreenvilleSC