Staff Directory

The Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau stands ready to serve you. We can help plan your convention, meeting or tour. Our experienced and professional staff will be with you from the initial inquiry until the last delegate checks out!
The Greater Birmingham CVB is divided into four major divisions: Administration, Convention Sales and Servicing, Tourism Sales, Marketing and Communications.

Administrative Staff

John Oros
(205) 214-9203

Bridget Carter
Executive Assistant
(205) 214-9202

Cyndy Patterson
Vice President – Administration
(205) 214-9215

Karen Dobnikar, PHR
Human Resource Manager
(205) 214-9220

Rita Kelley
IT Manager
(205) 214-9214

Convention Sales and Servicing Staff

From the earliest planning stages of your meeting until the last delegate leaves the city, our convention sales and servicing division will assist you in finalizing the details of your meeting.

Michael Gunn
Sr. Vice President
(205) 214-9212

Steve Pierson
Director of Sales
(205) 214-9234

David Galbaugh
V.P. of Sports Sales and Marketing
(205) 214-9210

Heidi Soltys
National Sales Manager
(205) 214-9233

Tonia Whatley
National Sports Marketing Sales Manager
(205) 214-9211

Amy Hudson
State Association Representative
(205) 447-4369

Chianti C. Cleggett
National Sales Manager
(205) 214-9227

Cynthia McHeard McIntosh, CTIS, TMP
Meetings Market Sales Manager
(205) 214-9232

Carman Atchison
National Sales Manager
(205) 214-9208

Courtney Ingersoll
National Sales Manager
(205) 214-9219

Denice Gaskin-McBride
Senior Sales Assistant
(205) 214-9231

Anne Williams
Director of Convention Services
(205) 214-9217

Lynnette Davis
Sports Servicing Manager
(205) 214-9209

Samantha Baldwin
Convention Servicing Manager
(205) 214-9222

Brent Cotton
Convention Servicing Manager
(205) 214-9223

Tourism Staff

Meet our professional and courteous tourism staff. They are available to assist you in planning your group tour to Birmingham. Don’t forget to inquire about our renowned Birmingham “Send-Off,” a service we provide to overnight tour groups. If you are planning a reunion or wedding, the staff is also available to assist you in the selection of your hotel and make numerous suggestions to help you save time and money.

Sara Hamlin
Vice President- Tourism
(205) 214-9205

Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
(205) 214-9206

Sharon Brown
Tourism Sales Manager
(205) 214-9230

Sheryl Ellis
Tourism Sales Manager
(205) 214-9224

Christalan Douglas Richardson
Info Specialist/ Tourism Servicing Coordinator
(205) 214-9201

Frank Tyson
Info Specialist
(205) 214-9200

Cynthia Gillespie Thomas
Visitor Information Center Manager- Vulcan Park and Museum
(205) 214-9226

Debra Grider
Visitor Information Center Manager- Shuttlesworth International Airport
(205) 595-1052

Marketing and Communications Staff

The Marketing and Communications Division promotes media coverage for the Greater Birmingham area through media tours, news releases and a vast array of publications including meeting and travel planners guides, annual and quarterly event calendars and ongoing development of the website. The department also oversees the creation, production and placement of advertising as well as an extensive visual library.

Dilcy Hilley
Vice President- Marketing
(205) 214-9229

Vickie Ashford
Director of Travel Media
(205) 214-9213

Jim Windsor
Director of Web Marketing
(205) 214-9207

Kim-Graham Smith
Director of Graphic Design
(205) 214-9218