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Destination Colorado is a nonprofit organization designed to provide resources and information for meeting and event planners. Among our more than 130 members, you’ll discover the solutions to every requirement and planning challenge.
Our members represent the very best in amenities, activities and service that Colorado has to offer. Our mission — since Destination Colorado’s creation in 1993 — is to make the site selection and planning experience convenient and straightforward.
By combining our member resources through Destination Colorado, we can efficiently inform and update meeting planners and incentive buyers about one of America’s most beloved and desirable destinations. We accomplish this through our web site, major trade shows, a meeting planners guide, cooperative advertising programs, lead referrals, and strategic partnerships.
You’re invited to capture the “Spirit of Colorado” and visit our beautiful Rocky Mountain state. The fantastic variety and choices offered by Destination Colorado guarantees a fresh experience every time!
Board Past President
Kathy has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. Her background includes a wide range of duties in the industry, including Director of Catering and Sales Manager at the hotel level and most recently, Senior Director of Convention Sales at the Visit Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau where she has been for over 19 years. She has been a member of MPI for over 21 years and served as the VP of Finance for two years on the Rocky Mountain Chapter board. She also currently serves as the past president for the Southern Colorado HSMAI chapter. She was named into Colorado Meetings + Events’ Hall of Fame in 2009 as Supplier of the Year and received the Industry Legacy Award in honor of Sandy Gerety through the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter in 2016. Kathy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 719.685.7632.
Ellen Collins, CMP
2019-2020 Board President
Ellen is Associate Director, Global Group Sales Team representing Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and Crested Butte resorts in Colorado for Vail Resorts Meetings & Events. She leads her sales team to best serve Colorado-based planners in fulfilling their meeting objectives and aspirational goals. This team will help secure ground transportation needs on Epic Mountain Express, hotel rooms, traditional and outdoor/ on mountain meeting space and dining, golf, skiing, lift tickets and much more. Ellen has been in hotel sales for twenty plus years. Her career started at Swissotel Boston, followed by sales at The Loews Anatole in Dallas, now a Hilton Hotel. In 1995, she moved to be Director of Sales and Marketing for the Loews Denver Hotel. In 2005, Ellen joined Vail Resorts and RockResorts in their Colorado national sales office. She is an active member of MPI, CSAE, PCMA and CWCC (Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce). Ellen is proud to have received the Industry Legacy Award in honor of Sandy Gerety through MPI’s Rocky Mountain Chapter in 2018. She can be reached at email@example.com and at 303-881-7167.
2020-2021 Board Vice President/President Elect
Brady Johnson is the Director of Sales and Marketing, making him responsible for all marketing and advertising efforts at the C Lazy U Ranch along with selling real estate, booking group events, and retreats. On top of these efforts, you can always count on seeing him taking guests on guided mountain bike rides in the summer and skiing in the winter. C Lazy U Ranch is the perfect place for Brady as an avid outdoorsman because he gets to show guests a unique experience from the moment they find us online or through friends, to the day of their departure.
2020 Board Member
Thad worked the operations side of hospitality for 4 years as Front Office Manager before moving into sales for the past 10 years and currently is the Senior Director of Sales Manager for Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. During that time, he worked both sides of a wide variety of events. Thad’s experience has taught him both the planning process, execution of events and team leadership for a luxury mountain resort. Through benchmarking, industry events, and various hospitality associations, he has learned how properties of all different kinds operate. Thad’s passion for his career has created a unique understanding of the hospitality industry. Thad can be reached at 970-726-7011 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Board Member
Kelly is a Colorado native and has been in the hospitality industry for nearly 20 years including Director of Marketing for the Vail Chamber and Tourism Bureau (now VVP) and Marketing Manager with the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. Most recently, she has been delivering exceptional group incentive experiences throughout the state and promoting Colorado as a group destination for meetings and events in her role with Operation Altitude, a Colorado destination management company. Outside of work, she enjoys finding new ways to embarrass her teenagers, hiking with friends, developing her photography skills and riding her horse. She can be reached at 970-390-8334 or email@example.com.
2020 Board Member
Meg is the National Sales Manager for The Steamboat Grand. The best part of her job is sharing her love of Steamboat & introducing meeting planners to this amazing destination. Her career started with Marriott International, which led her to working at Marriott Hotels in Denver, Chicago, Dallas & Minneapolis. Being a Colorado native, the mountains were calling her home and The Steamboat Grand was the perfect place to combine her passion for Steamboat and hotel sales. She enjoys tubing the Yampa River in the summer, skis every opportunity she has and loves spending time with her Family and Friends. Meg can be reached at 970-871-5537 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Reynolds Lasser
2020 Board Member
Sarah Reynolds Lasser is the Senior Director of Business Development at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. joined the Aspen Chamber in 2010 after six years in hotel operations and catering and sales at The Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands and Hotel Jerome. She first came to Aspen on a college spring break and soon returned to launch her career and enjoy Aspen’s glorious summer months and great skiing. Sarah is a certified incentive specialist and member of Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International. She enjoys traveling the world and lives Aspen’s mind, body and spirit idea. Sarah can be reached at email@example.com or 970-920-7185.
2020 Board Member
Justin is the Director of Sales for Visit Aurora where he represents Aurora by serving on a number of community and industry organizations including the Board of Directors for Destination Colorado, Colorado Meetings + Events Editorial Advisory Board, and Colorado Freedom Memorial. Clark develops and manages sales and marketing efforts for Visit Aurora and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deana Mitchell, CMP, DMCP, CCSE
2020 Board Member
Deana Mitchell, CMP, DMCP, CCSE has over 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry. The first 10 years of her career were spent in restaurant and banquet management, and then proceeded on to conference, catering, and destination services. She has lived/worked in Snowmass, Aspen, Leadville, Vail, Telluride, Winter Park, Denver and also spends time in Colorado Springs.
Deana has realized her dream of living in the Colorado mountains for the better part of the last 20 years. Her experience in the different facets of the hospitality world over the years, coupled with her travels and involvement in professional organizations, gives her the ideal experience to do what she loves – creating experiences for groups who want to come visit Colorful Colorado!
2020 Board Member
Native to Colorado, Lindsey was born and bred into the tourism industry of Estes Park, where her family owned and operated multiple lodging options throughout her childhood. Her grandfather and father were carpenters; and grandmother and mother hospitality enthusiasts. Lindsey learned firsthand from her family and industry mentors as she built her foundation upon strong work ethic, hospitality focused businesses, building relationships, and community collaboration. Lindsey has represented Visit Fort Collins as a destination expert, advisor, and connector the past 8 years; continuing to provide elevated experiences. Lindsey loves jet setting to experience diverse people and cultures. She spends her down time playing in the outdoors, enjoying live music, whiskey and having good conversations with friends.
2020 Board Member
Chris Bierdeman is the Tourism Group Sales Coordinator at Visit Loveland.
2020 Board Member
Sharon is the National Sales Manager at Copper Mountain Resort and has been in the hospitality business for over 20 years. A 30-year resident of Breckenridge, Sharon has served on numerous boards including The Colorado Society of Association Executives, Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine, Colorado Tourism Office and was past President of the Rocky Mountain MPI. Sharon also serves on local boards and is the recipient of many prestigious industry awards such as MPI-Rocky Mountain Region Supplier of the Year, CSAE Supplier or Associate Member of the Year, and Beaver Run and Copper Top Sales Person. As a seasoned businesswoman, Sharon is able to share her knowledge as an Associate Professor at Colorado Mountain College teaching “Intro to Business”. Outside of work and teaching, Sharon enjoys yoga, alpine skiing, hiking, boating and spending time with her husband, Joe, two sons, and their adopted Border Collie, Buddy. Sharon can be reached at email@example.com or 970-331-6918.
2020 Board Member
Erin was exposed to the tourism industry early as her mother worked for the airlines. Her family spent most weekends traveling the US with many winter trips to Colorado. After moving to Colorado for school, Erin spent her weekends camping, rock-climbing and fishing all across the state. She quickly became convinced that Colorado was premier destination year-round. She has spent the past 9 years in hospitality, advocating for both personal and professional travel to Colorado. Erin has lived up and down the Front Range but now happily resides in Colorado Springs, serving as the Senior Sales Manager for The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel.
In her free time, you can find Erin exploring the outdoors, securing last place at bar trivia, or enjoying an evening yoga class. Erin can be reached at 719-955-6251 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Board Member
Jason is the Associate Vice President, Convention Sales at VISIT DENVER where his primary role is managing the citywide convention sales efforts. He started working for Denver in 2007 as the Washington, DC-based sales director and moved to Colorado in 2011. Prior to joining the Denver team, he worked for a conference center, as a meeting planner, for a DMC, and for Visit Baltimore. Jason is a member of PCMA and ASAE. He also serves on the Destinations International Sales and Marketing Committee and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Colorado Meetings + Events magazine. Some of the most cherished aspects of his position are cultivating relationships and sharing the exciting story of Denver and Colorado as a guest speaker at MSU and various industry events. In his down time, you can find Jason singing with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus or traveling. You can reach him at email@example.com and 303-571-9424.
2020 Board Member
Angela Busby is the Director of Group Programs for Visit Beaver Creek under the direction of the Beaver Creek Resort Company and managing Board of Directors for Beaver Creek Resort. Before working with the Beaver Creek Resort Company she promoted group business for all Vail Resorts lodging in Beaver Creek from 2014 to 2018 and prior to this role, was a Group Sales Manager at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek since 2010. With 10 years of experience in promoting group business for Beaver Creek Angela is a great resource in understanding everything Beaver Creek Resort as a destination can offer to group meetings, programs and conferences. With the recent focus on village wide group business Angela has launched several new and innovative offsite programming which brings groups outdoors to experience the overall resort and showcase Beaver Creek Village. Angela lives in the Vail Valley and loves skiing, golfing, hiking and taking in the outdoors in every season. She can be reached at abusby@ bcresortco.com or 970-845-5288
2020 Board Member
Dave is the Senior Sales Manager at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge. He worked at Beaver Run for several years in all areas of hospitality, eventually landing in sales which, according to him, is the best department! With a solid understanding of both sales and operations, Dave has an understanding of and appreciation for exceptional customer service.
During winter lunch breaks, you can find Dave on the slopes. In the summer, he’ll be on his bike or in his tent. Dave also enjoys giving back to his community; he’s on the Town of Breckenridge Events Committee and the Sustainable Events Task Force, and he volunteers in the community. You can reach Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacy has a background in sales & marketing, content creation and management, e-marketing, social media, advertising, budget management, event planning, research & development and company logistics & operations. She is married with two children and loves to hike and snowboard.
Janie McCullough opened her own marketing consulting firm, McCullough Marketing, in 1996, specializing in marketing and communications for the tourism and hospitality industry. Prior to establishing McCullough Marketing, Janie served as Vice President of Marketing for Colorado Ski Country USA.
Since opening her company in 1996, Janie has worked with a number of tourism related clients representing various segments of the tourism industry. A brief sampling includes: United Vacations, Destination Colorado, Waco CVB, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, Kansas Travel & Tourism Division, The Silvertree Properties, Maggiano’s Little Italy and BEWI Productions.
McCullough Marketing services include the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing plans, public relations for individual communities, properties, associations and special events, and client representation with other industry tourism partners. Janie is a graduate of Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. She is married with two children.
Destination Colorado has established strategic relationships with leading meeting publications, professional organizations, and sponsors to help us advance our mission to make your planning experience easier. Please visit their web sites for more information.
The Colorado Partner
Colorado Meetings & Events magazine is a quarterly publication reaching meeting planners as well as all levels of professionals who plan meetings and events, from an administrative executive planning a board retreat to the vice president of marketing organizing a client golf outing. The magazine is specifically written and circulated within the state and throughout the surrounding region to expose readers to cultural events, service providers, venues and industry resources available in each market to assist in planning a meeting or creating the next extraordinary event. The magazine is available in print and digital and online at Visit www.meetingmags.com
The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) was created by the Colorado legislature to promote Colorado as a tourism and travel destination. The CTO oversees the Colorado Welcome Centers, advertising and public relations, promotional materials and customer response services including 1-800-COLORADO and Visit www.Colorado.com
RightNow, Inc has been providing search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) services to the Destination Colorado website since 2004. Our specialty is creating a presence on the search engines so that people who are looking for what you offer can find you easily and readily when they search. Over 60% of our clients are part of the hospitality industry and many are located in Colorado specifically. As a member of Destination Colorado, you are invited to request a proposal from us to provide these same types of services for your organization. Visit www.rightnowinc.com
Plan Your Meetings (PYM) is an educational and social resource for people who plan meetings and events. Everything we do is designed to educate, empower, inspire and connect them to the resources they need to plan better meetings and events. We do this by creating award-winning multimedia content online, digitally, on social networks, at live events and in an annual guide designed to be a keepsake that addresses current challenges and innovative solutions for the year ahead. On the other end of our B to B model are hotels, resorts, destinations and products and services eager to increase their groups & meetings business. PYM builds custom sales & marketing programs to help these suppliers build new relationships and increase meeting and event related business.
Successful Meetings – with a monthly circulation over 70,000, Successful Meetings is written for meeting planners across all industries. Successful Meetings educates and provides resources for all levels of corporate, association and independent meeting managers and buyers about how to create and execute all types of meetings. Visit www.successfulmeetings.com
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, helps members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information Visit www.mpiweb.org
Tim Litherland, CMP
Past President (2013-2014)
Tim serves as the Director of Sports and Specialty Markets for VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tim has been a member of the VISIT DENVER sales department since March 1995. He was previously employed at the Warwick Hotel Denver, where he spent eight years in their sales and marketing department. Tim has been active in many organizations, including board and committee positions with Denver Sports, Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter, Society of Government Meeting Professionals Rocky Mountain Chapter, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Mile High Chapter (and International Board of Directors for HSMAI), Colorado Society of Association Executives, Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado State Travel Council, and the Kiwanis Club of Denver. Tim is a native of Colorado and lives in Lakewood with his wife, Cece, and has three children, and a grandson and granddaughter. Tim can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-571-9429.
2015 & 2016 Board President
Lisa has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. A Colorado native, Lisa began her hotel career in the Phoenix/Scottsdale market. After five years in the heat and desert, she relocated to northern California. Then back to Denver, then to Minneapolis and then back to Denver again where she plans stay, at least for a while. Lisa has worked at the property level and in regional capacities for hotel management companies with portfolios including various brands offering full-service, select service and extended stay hotels while overseeing top line revenues for up to 45 hotels at one time.
2011 & 2012 Board President
Cindy joined Destination Colorado in 1995 and represented 3 properties through her membership until 2014 when she transitioned from Sales into Operations in the Winter Park Resort Lodging division. Cindy served on the board from 2003 through 2013 in various seats, and still works for Winter Park in Homeowner Services and Acquisitions.
2009 & 2010 Board President
At the time Mike was president, the world seemed to be falling apart! Times where tough, no one had any budget to work with and Destination Colorado was just trying to hold everything together. “What amazed me most about this organization was the way we all stuck together, believing in our mission statement and that Colorado was the best place in the world” And still…
2007 & 2008 Board President
Bruce is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Beaver Run Resort and has a very long history in the tourism industry in Colorado. Prior to Beaver Run, Bruce worked with the Sheraton at Steamboat. He has served on Destination Colorado’s Board of Directors for ten years and has played a large role in the development and promotion of the web site and our Destination Colorado Road Shows. He also serves as our liaison with the Colorado Tourism Office’s Promotions Committee and serves as an advocate for the promotion of meetings through the CTO. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Society of Association Executives. He is also very active in the Breckenridge community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Breckenridge Resort Chamber’s Central Reservations. Bruce has previously served as President of Destination Colorado and will remain an active board member.
– Present. She lives and breathes Vail!
2003 & 2004 Board President
Rob serves as the regional vice president of sales & marketingfor 3 full-service resorts with $100 million in total annual revenues: Vail Cascade Resort, Vail, CO; Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Creek, CA; and, Town & Country Resort, San Diego, CA. Additionally, provide regional sales and marketing support for the Destination Rental Management portfolio of vacation condos, homes and villas located in Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Park City and Hawaii, generating $85 million in total annual revenue.
Past Board President
Jim’s dedication to his career in the hospitality industry led him and his family to the mountains of Colorado, where he enjoyed skiing Vail and Beaver Creek.
Past Board President, 1997-1998
Jim Steinbach has more than 35 years of resort and hotel sales and marketing experience.
Now the Owner of Questions to Answers; prior to that, Jim was the Vice President of Conference Sales at Vail Valley Tourism and Convention Bureau.
From 1988 to 2006, Jim Steinbach was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. Under his direction, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek was awarded Hyatt Resort Marketing Team of the Year.
Jim began his Hyatt career at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada, shortly after his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
He resides in Edwards with his wife, Janette Henry.
1995 & 1996 Board President
Scott currently serves as the Director of Marketing at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Oahu – Ko Olina, Hawaii.
1993 & 1994 Board President
For 41 years, since 1972, Pat Lee has been heavily involved in Colorado tourism. She was VP of Marketing for Aspen Airways/United Express, a regional air carrier in the West and then became Director of Destination Marketing for Continental Airlines. Pat was instrumental in the development of the American Rockies program, developing tourism to Colorado from Japan, Taiwan and Korea, raised funds to send the National Repretory Orchestra to Korea to represent the U.S. in the Olympics, and coordinated the opening of DIA for Continental Airlines, raising funds for the demised tourism industry plus the fundraiser for the International Pow Wow tradeshow held in Denver for the first time in 1991. Pat Lee was one of the key players in develoing Destination Colorado and it’s Front Range Tradeshow and she was the first President of Destination Colorado.
In 1997 she started her own business, Pat Lee & Associates which is contracted to do the tourism marketing or special events for Cherry Creek Shopping Center, the premier tourism attraction in Denver, Denver Theater & Arenas representing 9 theaters and Red Rocks Amphitheater, and the National Western Stock Show. She is also a Senior Tourism Consultant for the Shop America Alliance which represents 200 US shopping centers in international markets.
For 19 years, Pat has been on the Board of Visit Denver and currently serves on the International and Tourism Promotion Committee for the Colorado Tourism Board, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, National Western Stock Show and the Telluride Tourism Board.
Pat is the only recipient to have received the ‘Outstanding Tourism Individual of the Year” twice in the State of Colorado, once under Governor Romer in 1987 and then Governor Ritter in 2002. She was inducted into Colorado’s Tourism Hall of Fame in 2007.