Contact / Staff Directory

232 East Main Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Main Phone Number: 757-664-6620 | Toll-Free Number (US): 800-368-3097

Executive Office

Kurt J. Krause
President & CEO

Taryn Buckley-Theil
Executive Assistant

Sales and Convention
Services Department

Maria Herring, CGMP
Vice President of Sales & Services

Jennifer Lopez
Senior Convention Services Manager

Aaron Kowalewski
Convention Services Coordinator

Dawn Whittaker
Director of Sales

Dana Howe
Consumer Sales Manager
Market: Travel Agents (including AAA, AARP), Consumer (leisure/transient), Cruise and Travel Packages – Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Rita P. Matthews
Sales Manager
Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith-Based – Geographic Territory: South East States (VA-Fredericksburg and below, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS)

Vianetta Johnson, CMP
Sales Manager
Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith-Based – Geographic Territory: North East (MI, OH, RI, DE, PA, NY, CT, NJ, NH, MA, WV, ME, VT) Market: MutliCultural – Geographic Territory: Northeast & Southeast States (MI, OH, RI, DE, MD, NY, CT, NJ, NH, MA, WV, ME, VT, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS, LA) Market: Family Reunions – Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Aileen Laracuente
National Sales Manager
Geographic Market: Associations, Corporations, & Faithbased Geographic Territory: Midwest/Northwest (IA, KY, AR, LA, IN, IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, MT, WY, ID, WA, OR) Vertical Market: All Fraternal Accounts, Medical & Pharmaceutical

Catherine Williamson, CMP
Director of Convention Services

Rosanna McNeal
Convention Services Manager

Amy Maxwell
Sales & Services Administrator

Melissa Hopper
Associate Director of Tour & Travel
Market: Domestic & International Tour Groups (including students), Military Reunions – Geographic Territory: Domestic & International.

Katie Castano, CGMP
Sales Manager
Market: All Sports – Geographic Territory: All U.S. Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith-Based Territory: Midwest/-Southwest (AK, HI, NV, CA, UT, AZ, CO, NM, TX, OK, KS, MO, NE)

Wayne Callis, CGMP
Sales Manager
Market: All Government Associations, All Federal and State Government Agencies – Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Sherri Thadeus
National Account Manager
Geographic Market: All Accounts (excluding Government Associations, Federal, State and Government Agencies, and Multicultural) Geographic Territory: Washington, DC, MD, PA and Northern VA (North of Fredericksburg) Vertical Market: Financial, Real Estate & Construction

Marketing & Communications Department

Sarah Hughes
Director of Marketing and Communications

Alexandra McGary
Digital Content Manager

Valerie Mitchell
Marketing Coordinator

Nicole Nussbaum
Communications Manager

Ophélie Le Livec
Creative Design Specialist

Paige Mitchell
Marketing & Communications Assistant

Administration & Finance Department

Frank Reynolds
Chief Financial Officer

Brionna Taylor
Accounting Manager

Sarah Carroll, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources

Norfolk Tourism Foundation

Kelsey Backe
Foundation Director

Visitor Services Department

Barbara Gullickson
Director of Visitor Experience

Taylor Wertman
Visitor Services Coordinator

Lisa MacKenzie
Front Desk Advisor

Sales Assistants

Elisabeth Andrew
Assistant to Melissa Hopper and Dana Howe

Latosha Walker
Assistant to Wayne Callis, Katie Castano and Vianetta Johnson

Kayla Francis
Assistant to Rita Matthews, Aileen Laracuente and Sherri Thadeus

Visitor Information Specialists

Trish Doherty

Sally Slaughter

Elizabeth Nobles

Cathy Kurchinski

Jessica Riegel


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