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.”

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:


Theodore Iwachiw has been appointed executive chef at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. In this role he’ll lead all food and beverage operations on property. Most recently, Iwachiw led the opening of Live!


These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to

Ross Fatemi was recently appointed the new director of sales & marketing of Arthouse.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?