VisitPITTSBURGH has announced the hiring of Tom Loftus as vice president of communications.

In his new role, Lofts will be in charge of managing and executing all internal and external communications programs, while also incorporating multimedia and digital communication tools that support and enhance the organization’s goals and mission.

Prior to this, Loftus served as the director of marketing and media relations for the Allegheny County Bar Association in Pittsburgh since 2003. There, he worked on a media relations program that helped bring the organization positive local, national and international media exposure. His experience included television ad campaigns, social media efforts and school programs. Other bar association across the country now use these as media models.

 “I’m absolutely thrilled to be in a position that will allow me to help enhance this city’s reputation,” says Loftus. “Pittsburgh has so much going for it already, and I’ll be proud to do what I can to promote this great city.”

Loftus is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in English writing. 

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:

 

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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