After a nationwide search that began in May, Andrew Ortale has been named chief sales officer for VisitPITTSBURGH. Ortale’s appointment makes a return to Pittsburgh for the seasoned industry veteran who has more than 20 years of domestic and international event experience. He previously served as national sales director for VisitPITTSBURGH before taking on a senior sales position with Visit Orlando.
“Andy is well-known and highly respected within the business events sector. He has a strong passion for strategic selling and an outstanding rapport with clients and team members,” says VisitPITTSBURGH President and CEO Jerad Bachar. “Andy has strong skills in strategic thinking, innovation, measuring output and leadership. I am confident he will serve as an excellent leader for VisitPITTSBURGH, and I look forward to welcoming him and his family back to Pittsburgh.”
Ortale, who most recently served as vice president, Events & Business Development, for ASIS International, is eager to jump into his new role. “I am thrilled and grateful to return to Pittsburgh and rejoin the hardworking staff at VisitPITTSBURGH,” he says. “A lot has changed since I left in 2003, but the city remains one of innovation and opportunity. From the tech sector, to education, health, business and more, there is so much growth happening in Pittsburgh today. I look forward to leaning into these opportunities and working with the hospitality community to help rebuild the Pittsburgh travel economy.” visitpittsburgh.com