• Meet VisitPITTSBURGH's New Board Members

     
    POSTED September 30, 2022
     
    Photo credit: VisitPITTSBURGH
  • Meet VisitPITTSBURGH's New Board Members

     
    POSTED September 30, 2022
     
    Photo credit: VisitPITTSBURGH
  • Meet VisitPITTSBURGH's New Board Members

     
    POSTED September 30, 2022
     
    Photo credit: VisitPITTSBURGH
  • Meet VisitPITTSBURGH's New Board Members

     
    POSTED September 30, 2022
     
    Photo credit: VisitPITTSBURGH

There’s new talent joining the board of VisitPITTSBURGH. At the convention and visitors bureau most recent board of directors meeting, Chairperson Meredith Meyer Grelli announced five new board members for open positions. They include:

Allison Beckner is the general manager at Omni William Penn. A Pittsburgh native, Beckner has extensive experience in repositioning assets in branded, independent and lifestyle hotels. Prior to her current GM role at Omni William Penn, she held positions with HEI Hotels & Resorts and TPG Hotels & Resorts. Beckner earned a hospitality management degree from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and certification from Le Cordon Bleu.

Mamadou Baldé is the market leader and managing director for CBRE’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia Operations. In this role, he oversees business operations and manages client relations, new business development and related services for the markets. Prior to joining CBRE in 2021, he was president of Fulani Millwork, Inc., and was a developer-in-residence with ACTION-Housing. In addition to real estate experience, he also practiced law at Pittsburgh regional law firms. 

Gerardo Interiano is vice president of government relations and public affairs at Aurora, where he leads the company’s efforts to help define self-driving policy and ensure self-driving vehicles are both developed and delivered to roads safely. Interiano has more than 15 years of advocacy, campaign and legislative experience and has brought highly regulated products to market in various industries, including transportation and telecommunications. 

Stefanie Cedro Mohr joined Carnegie Museum of Art in 2019 as the director of marketing and engagement. In this newly created role, she brings strategic integrated marketing and communications leadership to the museum. Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art, Mohr held a variety of marketing and communications roles across the consumer goods, retail and media industries.

David Sher is the general manager for Fairmont Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 2020. He joined the Fairmont company in 2010, first serving as director, food & beverage, at Fairmont Château Laurier before transferring to Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh, Sher served as director, operations, for Fairmont Dallas for five years. Sher holds a degree from the Institut Hôtelier “Cesar Ritz” Colleges in Switzerland in International Hotel Management. He also participated in the ESSEC Business School & Accor International Hotel Management Program (Hotel General Manager).

Cambria Hotels—an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International Inc.—introduced the Cambria Hotels Threads Collection, a new product offering that further elevates the brand’s commitment to creating a sense of place in each Cambria hotel. Leveraging the creativity of community artists from across the country, the first edition of the Threads Collection features three exclusively designed pairs of socks inspired by the surroundings of Cambria hotels in New England, South Carolina, and Arizona.

 

(Almost) season’s greetings! It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking of ways to celebrate the holidays—whether that means arranging a gathering for groups or planning an activity to show your appreciation to your team and clients. New York, always a magical holiday destination, has a host of ways to get into the holiday spirit, with iconic performances and events. Here are some ideas:

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 30

 

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place.